Idea Name: wear-pellents Participants Full Name: Kudzai Chikondo Beta Mosquitos have an irritating bite and sound very annoying. Some current repellents are applied directly to the skin. Which opens the possibility of skin irritation and might pose as an asthma risk for various individuals. Another available option is mosquito repellent clothing. However, this too can result in skin irritation and primarily it limits an individual’s fashion choice. These current repellents eventually wear off, with the DEET sprays wearing faster when you sweat heavily and become redundant after it rains or when you take a shower. From initial research, mosquitoes were discovered to have a smelling distance of approximately 30m and their sight is approximately 4-6m. The proposed solution for this is the use of wearable repellents like bracelets, necklaces, arm-bands, key chains, clip-on’s on bag or clothes, etc. These wearable repellents (wear-pellents) in the form of bracelets, will be implanted with replaceable repellent in the form of pellets or some form of matter that will secrete a scent that repels mosquitoes in the same way some plants repel mosquitoes. This will hopefully create a virtual bubble around the individual wearing the device, serving to musk the individual or drive the mosquitoes away before they can notice the individual. This proposed solution provides flexibility to the end-user when going about day to day activities, when going to sleep and gives the user free fashion choices. Repellent pellets will hopefully be plant-based (but a sustainable environmentally friendly chemical alternative is acceptable), and in combination with the wearables being able to be used repeatedly will aid in reducing the environmental impact. With basic designing procedures utilising thermodynamic, fluid mechanic, dispersion and repellent analysis, this can be the reality in the near future. This product can be utilised all across the world. This will create sufficient demand for this product hence the cost of the product will be fairly low. Ensuring that even the poorest of communities can afford the product. The product being able to be reused limits the amount of waste produced by current methods.

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