Lathering yourself in smelly, mosquito-repelling lotions might not be ideal, but it's better than those itchy red swellings that pop up on any skin left exposed .... not to mention the fact that these blood-sucking pests are better than most when it comes to spreading deadly diseases, such as malaria. The Invisaband is a bracelet that releases a natural oil claimed to confuse a mosquito's senses, saving you from their irritable bites and the need to apply layers of oily repellents.
The key ingredient of the Invisaband is derived from geranium flowers, a plant long thought to deter mosquitoes and other insects. This oil, known as geranoil, is released slowly through the Invisaband's microfiber material in a process said to provide more than 120 hours of protection. The band is adjustable with different sizing holes and can be placed in an airtight pouch when not worn to preserve its mosquito-repelling capabilities.
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While it might be one of the more convenient solutions, the Invisaband isn't the only approach designed to ward off the pesky insects. Researchers have looked at ways of zapping mosquitoes dead with lasers, creating impenetrable light barriers to replace conventional fly screens and developing square patches worn on your clothing.
The team behind the Invisaband is taking a somewhat simplistic approach, combing a naturally-occurring repellent with a commonly worn fashion accessory. Looking to raise $US10,000 on Indiegogo to fund production, it is offering packs of five for a pledge of $19, with shipping slated for September if all goes to plan.
You can check out the team's pitch video below.