NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab has built an electronic pendant prototype that scolds wearers every time they lift their hands to their face, in an efforts to combat coronavirus pandemic.
The small device is known as PULSE, a 3D-printed wearable device that pulses, or vibrates, when a person’s hand is nearing their face.
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“The haptic feedback from a vibration motor simulates a nudge, reminding the wearer to avoid touching these entryways in order to reduce potential infection,” says NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab.
The device is packed with an infrared proximity sensor, a coin-sized vibration motor, and a three-volt battery that vibrates when it notices that you are hand is close to your face.
Health officials have stressed the importance of avoiding touching face to lower the risk of Covid-19 infection even a short touch could spread pathogen from your hands to your mouth or nostrils.