NASA is making the instructions and source code for creating the device available for free.
Touching your face without washing your hands can be a dangerous habit – especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. With that in mind, NASA created Pulse, a necklace that prevents the user from touching the face. Fortunately, it looks nothing like the Elizabethan collar (or cone of shame) worn by dogs or cats.
A team from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) developed the 3D printed wearable device that pulsates or vibrates when the user tries to bring their hands close to their faces. If used in combination with other prevention methods, such as constant hand washing, social distancing, and face masks, the device should help to slow the spread of Sars-CoV-2.
The necklace, made with easy, simple, and affordable technology, was created to be worn by anyone. It is possible to manufacture it from the parts list, STL files, and assembly instructions that are available for free on NASA’s GitHub. Here’s how the device works: