SimpliSafe designs ‘Social Distancing Sweater’ that sounds alarm when someone gets within six feet to bring lightheartedness to otherwise stressful time

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It is still 2020. And that is evidenced by SimpliSafe, a home security company, coming up with a holiday sweater that contains built-in alarms that trigger when someone steps within six feet of the person wearing the sweater.

SimpliSafe designed the “Social Distancing Sweater” and rigged it with motion sensors that set off the siren and flashing LED lights when someone dares to get within six feet of the sweater.

“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,” SimpliSafe creative director Wade Devers said in a news statement announcing the sweater. “It’s really meant to bring some lightheartedness to a time that’s otherwise proven very stressful.”

Now, the sweater is a prototype. SimpliSafe will give away a limited number of sweater replicas that feature the same unofficial six-foot measuring markers but without the electronics and sensors.

There are Do-It-Yourself instructions, though, if experienced electronics tinkers want to try their own version.

The company said that 100 percent of proceeds will directly benefit NeighborWorks America, a national nonprofit.

 

Author: Jacob Hall