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A necklace has been developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to reduce the spread of coronavirus by warning people when they are about to touch their face. The wearable, called Pulse, is a 3D-printed pendant that uses a proximity sensor, and vibrates when your hand approaches. The more your hand closes to your face, the stronger the vibrations get.
PULSE 's aim is to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus that can be transmitted if an individual touches an infected surface with his hand and then either touches his eyes, nose , or mouth, NASA said in a brochure on the wearable. "This concept is a response to how often all day long hand-face contact occurs,
You can look for guidelines set by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help protect yourself from COVID-19: wear a face mask, practice social distance, disinfect surfaces, frequently wash your hands and avoid touching your face. The CDC says the coronavirus transmits when an infected person coughs , sneezes or talks through respiratory droplets that spread. These droplets may land on surfaces, or in nearby people's mouths or noses.
NASA said that Pulse is designed to be affordable and simple to make, so that anyone can reproduce it. Instructions for assembling and a list of parts are open-source and free for public use.
Among other tech giants, Apple , Samsung and Google have made updates to their wearables to help reduce the COVID-19 spread. Samsung and Google have timers for their watches for washing hands. Apple has also introduced a variety of features at WWDC including an Apple Watch hand-washing timer and Memoji face masks to promote healthy habits.