Kite patch makes people invisible to mosquitoes
| by Anujeet Majumdar |
Mosquitoes are the bane of our existence. No doubt about it. If there was one species that could be selectively wiped out by an asteroid shower, it should be them. Unfortunately, that is not going to happen anytime soon, but what has happened is a convenient new device that seems to combat this problem in an unusual way.
The Kite Patch may be the answer every mosquito hater in the world has been waiting for (Image credit: indiegogo)
The technology was developed by Olfactor laboratories and the University of California at Riverside, with the help of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as well as the National Institutes of Health.
So far, the $75,000 campaign is figuring out how to send 20,000 Kite patches to Uganda for large scale testing. The rate of malaria cases seen in that country crosses 60 percent, so there are bound to be lots of willing applicants for the test run.
The Kite patch renders the user invisible to mosquitoes. (Image credit: indiegogo)
Backers who shell out $35 (Rs 2,076 approx) can send 10 patches to Uganda and get 10 for themselves. According to the company, the patch has been designed to be durable, affordable across the world, and can be stuck anywhere, including bags or a baby stroller.
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