NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has developed a necklace designed to reduce the spread of the new crown virus by warning people about to touch their faces. The wearable device, called Pulse, is a 3D-printed pendant that uses a proximity sensor that vibrates if people’s hands are close. The closer the user’s hand is to their face, the stronger the vibration.
“THE GOAL OF PULSE IS TO MINIMIZE THE SPREAD OF THE COVID-19 VIRUS, WHICH CAN BE TRANSMITTED IF A PERSON TOUCHES AN INFECTED SURFACE WITH HIS HANDS AND THEN TOUCHES THE EYES, NOSE OR MOUTH. NASA said in a manual on the wearable device. “The concept is a response to the frequency of hand-to-face contact during the day, a subconscious behavior that can be overlooked and challenging to correct. “
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has previously developed guidelines to help protect people from COVID-19. For example, people are advised to wear masks, keep social distance, disinfect surfaces, wash their hands frequently and avoid touching the face. The CDC says the new coronavirus is spread through respiratory droplets and can spread when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks.
NASA says Pulse’s design is affordable and simple to make, so anyone can copy it. Assembly instructions and parts lists are open source and free for the public to use.
Tech giants such as Apple, Samsung and Google have updated their wearables to help reduce the spread of THE COVID-19. Samsung and Google have a hand-washing timer for their watches. Apple has also launched a variety of features on WWDC, including a hand-washing timer for the Apple Watch and an increase in the number of emoji emojis wearing masks to encourage healthy lifestylehabits.