FUTO STUDENTS DESIGN SMART WRISTBAND THAT PREVENT YOU FROM TOUCHING YOUR FACE.
Two students of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), Isaac Uchechukwu Edmund and Ebulue Ifeanyichukwu Henry have designed a smart device that could prevent users from touching their faces
The device is Called Sentinel, the device is an automated wristband which renders a very shrill beep whenever its user brings his or her hand too close to their face.
But that’s not all it does as the device also has a pouch which could secrete hand sanitizers from time to time. Once the user feels the secretion, they are expected to rub it all over their hands.
Speaking on what inspired his team to come up with such an innovation, Isaac Uchechukwu said it came about after the Coronavirus lockdown prevented his team, Creation Energy, from travelling to the US to represent in a competition.
“We are supposed to go to the US to represent in a competition. But the coronavirus shut everything down. One day I was thinking, what can we do to proffer solution to this (Covid-19). Since Coronavirus is on ground and preventing us from moving out, we might as well fight it. I thought about it and we started working on this solution”.
Isaac Uchechukwu Edmund
And the solution, though still a bit crude, looks like a good and very important one. Sentinel also has the capacity to monitor symptoms like fever and high temperature and has been programmed to contact relevant agencies if the user gets too much symptom, especially those associated with the Covid-19. Uchechukwu said.
He also said his team has been invited to meet with the Imo State Commissioner of Science and Technology in relation to how they can onboard the solution to the appropriate communications channels among other matters. Considering that such a feature would largely be rendered inefficient without connection to relevant authorities, it is imperative that Creation Energy gets that right.
But Sentinel’s most important feature is the face contact prevention. To avoid contacting Covid-19, it is important to avoid touching one’s face. Research, however, claims that a person touches their face at least 23 times in an hour. And it is completely involuntary. Thus, asking people not to touch their faces is a tall and almost impossible order.
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