This teenage entrepreneur is responsible for inventing a simple, yet brilliant way to help curb coronavirus infections.
15-year-old Max Melia designed and developed a wearable wristband which alerts users whenever they are about to touch their face
He first came up with the brilliant idea two years ago as a means of reducing the spread of the cold and flu. After both of Max’s parents contracted COVID-19 four months ago, however, he threw all his efforts into developing a working prototype.
“Watching this pandemic unfold on the news, it was clear the devastating effect it was having on people lives’ across the world,” says Max. “However, it wasn’t until I saw the severity of the virus first-hand, when my parents both contracted COVID-19, did I truly appreciate just what we were dealing with.”
The tech-savvy English teen has since produced the VybPro, which warns users whenever they are about to subconsciously touch their face.
The gesture has been recognized as one of the key ways that coronavirus can be transmitted, making it a potentially live-saving invention.Worn on both wrists, the intelligent device is expected to retail for £89 ($112) with the patent currently pending.
Max, who is from Bristol, launched a £60,000 ($75,000) crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter earlier this week to further his project and turn the prototype into a public reality.
“The main priority of this project is not to make money, but to get it onto the wrists of those it can help keep safe,” he added. “Any profits made from early sales via the crowdfunding site will be reinvested into providing free devices to organizations that help people such as NHS staff and nursing homes.