One engineering student — Shivam Patil from Shri Govindram Seksaria Institute of Technology — has developed an automated way to pull down the mask without even touching it, thus preventing the germs from entering your body.
His video was posted by him on LinkedIn. The video shows his mask connected with ice cream sticks and a green light glowing to his right cheek. The moment he rests his hand on his cheek, the mask drops down, just like something as seen on an Iron Man helmet. He waves his hand again and the mask props up within a second.
The video’s caption he explains the tech behind it, stating, “Auto mask- Made this auto mask using Arduino , sg90 servo, and ir sensor. Due to lack of 3d printer I used ice cream sticks for design.” He further explains his creation in comments, “As you know most people put down their mask very frequently using their hands. I made this to put down mask without hands so that germs and virus from hand don’t infect the mask and reduce the chances of getting infecting virus to nose and mouth”.
While this is surely in prototype stage, everyone would definitely love to see the final product with clean aesthetics and removable filters to help us stay safe from the novel coronavirus, because it doesn’t look like it’s going to go anytime soon.
Inputs included from : India times.