April 11, 2014
I decided to do a project at One Spark. Meet Hands Aware. It is a wristband that helps prevent the flu. It is in its fourth prototype and is being showcased through Sunday.
Viruses can live outside a host for a long time. The flu virus can live for a week. Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus(MRSA) can live for three months. We get these viruses on our hands and then touch our nose, mouth, or eyes. This causes a substantial portion of respiratory tract infections.
People touch their faces 15.6 times per hour. If we reduce these face-to-hand contacts, we can reduce the infection rate of these viruses.
Hands Aware is a device that you wear on your wrist. When your hand approaches your face, it will give a short vibrating pulse to warn you that you are at risk of touching your face.
I am currently working on making it smaller, the size of a wristband. I also plan on having an app for smart watches.