Try this at home Part 4 – NASA wearable that reminds you not to touch your face

While NASA scientists and engineers are designing the next generation of spacecraft, they are also inventing new devices and tools that help us here on Earth. Most recently, NASA invented a wearable that reminds you not to touch your face to help slow the spread of Coronavirus.

Build your own PULSE pendant


Explore engineering to 3D print your own wearable that will remind you not to touch your face.


PULSE is a 3D-printed wearable device that pulses, or vibrates, when a person’s hand is nearing their face. The haptic feedback from a vibration motor simulates a nudge, reminding the wearer to avoid touching these entryways in order to reduce potential infection.

As health officials advised the world to continue washing our hands, social distancing, and wearing a face mask when going outside, a team of three at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) developed PULSE, to stand side-by-side with these efforts to keep us as healthy as possible.

Materials & instructions:

PULSE is a simple and affordable technology that can easily be reproduced by anyone regardless of their level of expertise. A list of parts, STL files, and assembly instructions are all available as Open Source. Click here to find the complete list of tools and materials as well as an instruction guide with photos.

NASA hopes individuals like you will replicate, refine or enhance PULSE and make it easily available for distribution.

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