The prototype design aims to help people keep their distance this season (Picture: SimpliSafe)
All we want for Christmas this year is to remain a safe distance from our loved ones – and now there’s a novelty jumper to help you do just that.
Everybody loves a fun, festive jumper – maybe one that has lights, or plays a carol when you press Rudolph’s nose – but this one has a much more practical function.
Home security company SimpliSafe has created a Christmas jumper prototype that encourages social distancing by using alarms and flashing lights.
The Social Distancing Sweater is rigged with motion sensors that set off the knitwear’s siren and flashing LED lights when someone steps within six feet of the wearer.
So, if grandma comes in for a hug this Christmas, there will be a clear and direct warning to tell her to back off, without you having to say a word.
‘Heading into the holiday season, it became clear that the typical stressors and logistics of the holidays were going to be exacerbated this year,’ SimpliSafe creative director Wade Devers said in a news statement.
If anyone comes too close, lights flash and the alarm sounds (Picture: SimpliSafe)
‘As the experts on protection, albeit home protection, we wanted to give people a playful way to protect themselves during this year’s holiday celebrations. It’s really meant to bring some lightheartedness to a time that’s otherwise proven very stressful.’
Sadly, you can’t actually buy this jumper in the shops as it is just a prototype, but the creators are giving away versions of the knitwear without the tech and sensors.
Are you a whizz with wires? (Picture: SimpliSafe)
Those who receive the sweater can then head online for instructions on how to upgrade the knitwear yourself with an alarm, lights, and sensors.
But – to DIY the social distancing jumper at home you will need a speaker, 3D printed LED and sensor mounts, and an Adafruit FeatherWing music maker. So it’s not the simplest of upgrading jobs.
Alternatively, you can always wear the jumper without the tech upgrades and simply hold your arms out and scream if anyone comes too close. That will probably be effective, too.
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