NASA is known for conducting extensive research into a variety of fields including space exploration, space technology, space science, and aeronautics research to name a few. However, it seems as though the organisation is now focusing its efforts on addressing issues closer to home, more specifically, reminding people not to touch their face.
NASA’s latest DIY project, The Pulse, is a pendant that reminds the wearer not to touch their face through a small vibration. When the wearer inevitably lifts their hands above the pendent towards their face, a proximity sensor detects this movement and subsequently causes the device to vibrate.
This vibration is meant to help the wearer build up the muscle memory needed to form this new behaviour.
Unfortunately, NASA won’t be selling this pendant anytime soon. Instead, the organisation, through its Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), has made the 3D-printed concept available as an open-source, meaning anyone with a 3D printer a basic understanding of electrical DIY will be able to make their very own Pulse pendent.
JPL has provided the STL (stereolithography) files, along with assembly instructions and a list of parts you will need to make the Pulse, which you can view by clicking here.
Take a look at the Pulse in action below:
Image: NASA JPL