We are the founders of uVisor, an open-source, UV-powered, and lightweight helmet that demonstrates over 99% efficacy in protecting individuals from COVID-19 and the Delta variants. We believe it can be the key to helping many who continue to figh...
Hey Reddit, If you’re concerned about COVID-19 Delta variants and their impacts, especially on developing countries, you’re not alone.
We are Ritesh and Chris, the inventors of UVisor: a project outcome of a 20k global volunteer strong non-profit organization (Helpful Engineering). Our organization was here last winter to explain how we combat social impact problems - and thanks to your support, we kept soldiering on and now are ready for more AMA.
The UVisor project started with our desire to protect our parents against Covid-19. We shared our idea with the Helpful Engineering community and assembled a team of volunteers to do things that others wouldn’t. Because it was open-source, we could share information with everyone (we could not do it if it were patented). And because it was not-for-profit, everyone pitched in at a massive scale with volunteers from over ten countries. We essentially had an R&D team of 18,000 volunteers with different skills openly sharing information and knowledge. We got government and industry to pitch in and provide resources and expertise, which would never have happened for a profit-driven project. From CERN to Berkeley Labs to Ansys to the Department of Energy, people contributed ideas, resources, and expertise, and UVisor started taking shape.
So what is UVisor? UVisor is a lightweight helmet that protects individuals from most airborne pathogens in the air around them. It is a fully integrated, compact, and lightweight positive-air-pressure visor requiring no external hoses, power, or filter units. It has a built-in battery, fan, and a concealed UV chamber that inactivates viruses and bacteria. A uVisor technology demonstrator was tested by Sandia National Laboratories and demonstrated over 99% efficacy against the MS2 surrogate virus (x10 harder to kill than SARS-2/CoVID-19). It can become a powerful protector for immunocompromised individuals, healthcare workers, and more, from COVID-19 and its variants.
UVisor is also supported by the Department of Energy, Sandia National Labs, Ansys, Emory University, Porex Filtration Group, and Stanley Electric Company. It’s 100% reusable and creates no disposable waste since it is filterless. UVisor is the winner of the International UV Association 2021 award. More importantly, it is open-source and not-for-profit, and we’d like more people to take our blueprint and manufacture it at scale to help people in need. We are the inventors of UVisor. Ask us Anything**!**
EDIT: Hey Reddit - we've been here for two and a half hours so we're calling it a wrap! We appreciate your awesome questions; in particular, those of you who chimed in kindly with empathy and constructive feedback. We've been working non-stop since March 2020, but we'll keep going!!
If you'd like to help, please feel free to
- Share the UVisor project with organizations or individuals you think can help
- Donate to Helpful Engineering to support UVisor development and other Open Source projects.
- You can also volunteer and join an insane team of people who mostly have full-time jobs and are working around the clock to make the world a better place.