One of the most listened to recommendations to decrease the risk of contagion of the new coronavirus, in addition to washing hands and maintaining social distance, is not to touch your face. And to help keep people from putting their hands to their faces, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has developed the Pulse necklace.
It’s actually the open source materials and instructions for a 3D printed necklace that employs a proximity sensor and vibrates when the user’s hands get closer to their face (intensity is stronger as hands get closer to face).
“Pulse’s goal is to minimize the spread of COVID-19, which can be transmitted when an individual touches an infected surface with their hands and then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth,” says NASA.
The US government agency adds that this concept is a response to the frequency with which contact between people’s hands and faces occurs throughout the day.
“Both parts and design files (from Pulse) are available as open source, in the hope that it will be reproduced, refined, and distributed to help keep the public as healthy as possible,” emphasizes NASA.
It is possible to download, for free, everything you need to make the necklace, from the profile of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on GitHub, the renowned collaborative development platform.
In order to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus, technology companies have made updates to their wearables so that users can follow cleaning measures more easily. The last one was Apple: its smart watch will automatically alert when a proper handwash has been accomplished in terms of time.