At Enrico Iori’s Italian factory and U.S. offices, about 150 employees wear bracelets, belt clips and lanyards that illuminate, vibrate and make irritating sounds whenever they get within six feet of each other. Apart from Iori’s company, tech giants including Samsung Electronics Co are one of about 60 companies offering these protective wearables in the fight against Covid-19.
As the number of covid affected patents rise and despite mass vaccination campaigns, it could months before work-age employees become eligible to receive them. “We had no outbreak, we had no internally generated cases,” said Iori, the founder and CEO of IK Multimedia, a maker of products for the music industry that turned into pandemic-related wearables.
According to estimates, the market for these purpose-built gadgets will greatly expand by mid of 2021 and most products cost around $100 upfront, but some come with service contracts priced at around $60 to $100 a year.
While mobile applications can also help contact tracing, some manufacturing factories aren’t allowed to use a phone at work. So these everyday wearables may help them to be safe.