It’s a device that has baffled many an inventor, including an astrophysicist who ended up in a bit of trouble when he got bored while working on the issue.
But solving the problem of how to get people to stop touching their face during the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus Pandemic apparently it didn’t cause a 15-year-old from the U.K. too much trouble!
Young Max Melia has invented a digital watch that reminds you to keep your hands away from your face. He says that he has been working on the idea since he and his mother brainstormed it in 2018 as a way to help minimize the spread of the common cold and the flu.
He decided he needed to make a difference in the fight with COVID-19 when he saw first hand how bad it was after both his parents contracted the virus.
Max worked with a product designer as well as his father, Richard Melia, who contributed his own research to the concept. They shared the final version of the device on Kickstarter, where they hope to raise £60,000, or $101,916 CA, to help launch the rechargeable watch that vibrates when your hands go for your face. As of posting they were slightly over a quarter of the way to this goal.
The young inventor plans to sell his device, which he calls the Vybpro, in packs of two with a retail price starting at around $111. He said he also hopes to provide free Vybpros for high-risk groups, such as the elderly or health-care workers.
Source: NY Post.