Out there in the world there are some wearables making claims around COVID-19 and their ability to detect it, prevent it. But a new wearable device from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory might be able to do the most to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
JPL’s PULSE wearable uses 3D-printed parts and do just one thing: remind a person not to touch their face. JPL’s designers claim to encourage more people and companies to do that. The lab has made available a full list of parts, 3D modeling files and full instructions for its assembly via an open-source license.
The PULSE is essentially a pendant, worn around the neck between six inches and one foot from the head. It can detect when a person’s hand is approaching their face using an IR-based proximity sensor. A vibration motor then shakes out an alert, and the response becomes stronger as your hand gets closer to your face.
The hardware itself is simple. The goal of PULSE isn’t to single-handedly eliminate COVID-19 contact transmission from contaminated hands to a person’s mouth, nose or eyes. But just like wearing masks regularly can dramatically reduce the transmission risk, minimizing how often you touch your face can have a big combined effect with other measures taken to reduce the spread.
In terms of building positive habits JPL’s PULSE has the advantage of being effective, now that we know will limit the spread of COVID-19, as well as other viral infections.
(with inputs from yahoo)