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Coronavirus: Engineering student develops pendant to ensure social distancing


Are you discovering it tough to handle the required one meter distance from other folks to keep away from coronavirus infection? Do you forget to scrub your fingers incessantly? An engineering pupil in Punjab claims to have discovered a solution for all such issues.

Prabin Kumar Das of Lovely Professional University (LPU) has developed a tool named 'kawach' (protect) which vibrates and glows in case someone breaches the person's protected space of one metre.

The instrument which may also be worn as a pendant comes equipped with a 'hand wash reminder' feature that beeps each 30 minutes to remind the person to scrub his/her fingers.

It also has a temperature sensor that sends an alert to the person via SMS in case his/her frame temperature crosses the prescribed limit.

"Kawach is a low cost and easy to carry device that comprises of an LED, vibrator, controller, battery, human body temperature sensor, ultrasonic sensor, switch and a storage card," Das told PTI.

"I noticed that people were finding it so difficult to maintain safe distance despite knowing how important it is. I thought the reminders we are giving each other are not enough and we need a constant reminder, hence I worked on the pendant," he added.

The instrument as soon as commercialised will probably be available at a price of around Rs 500 and if produced in bulk can be a made available at Rs 400.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, social distancing is a non-pharmaceutical infection prevention and keep an eye on intervention applied to keep away from or lower touch between those that are infected with a disease-causing pathogen and those who don't seem to be, so as to stop or slow down the speed and extent of illness transmission in a group.

"While the whole world is grappling to find a vaccine for COVID-19, 'kawach' is our effort to contain the spread of this deadly virus," said Lovi Raj Gupta, Executive Dean of Science and Technology at LPU.

"We have already tested it internally and are now looking for the right partners to commercialise it," he added.

Das was once supervised via faculty contributors on the university, including Rajesh Singh, Anita Gehlot and Varun Panwar.

According to Ritesh Behel, who runs a pharmacy retailer in Janakpuri, "The device can be of good help to those who are involved in essential services as they also need to maintain adequate distance which is generally not happening because there are too many customers and we often forget".

However, other folks thinking about very important services imagine that the instrument will most effective be of assist if it is available quickly in marketplace.

"If we need any aid to develop habits which will help in dealing with coronavirus, the time is now. If they take months to commercialise the product and roll out in market, it will not be of any help," said RK Arora, who runs a meals supply provider in Gurgaon.

The number of coronavirus circumstances in India rose to 562 on Wednesday whilst the death toll because of COVID-19 within the country was once revised all the way down to nine, according to Health Ministry knowledge.

The ministry in its up to date figures on Wednesday morning, mentioned the second one death reported in Delhi was once COVID-19 negative, thus bringing down the death toll to nine in India.


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