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Kite patch is claimed to make you "invisible" to mosquitoes

Kite patch is claimed to make ...
The Kite Mosquito Patch is worn on the clothing like a decal, and is said to keep mosquitoes from detecting your presence for up to 48 hours
The Kite Mosquito Patch is worn on the clothing like a decal, and is said to keep mosquitoes from detecting your presence for up to 48 hours
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A proprietary blend of FDA-approved non-toxic ingredients within the patch exudes a scent that reportedly blocks mosquitoes’ ability to detect exhaled carbon dioxide
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A proprietary blend of FDA-approved non-toxic ingredients within the patch exudes a scent that reportedly blocks mosquitoes’ ability to detect exhaled carbon dioxide
The Kite patch's active ingredients being tested in a lab
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The Kite patch's active ingredients being tested in a lab
The Kite Mosquito Patch is worn on the clothing like a decal, and is said to keep mosquitoes from detecting your presence for up to 48 hours
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The Kite Mosquito Patch is worn on the clothing like a decal, and is said to keep mosquitoes from detecting your presence for up to 48 hours
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Depending on what part of the world you live in, mosquitoes can range from being an annoyance, to acting as carriers of life-threatening diseases such as malaria and West Nile virus. Sprays containing deet do a fairly decent job of keeping the mozzies at bay, but they’re also highly toxic. Less-nasty sprays, bracelets and other devices are also available, although (as I can attest to from personal experience) they tend not to be very effective. Now, however, a group of California-based entrepreneurs are developing what could be the ultimate deterrent – the Kite Mosquito Patch.

Each disposable square patch measures just 1.5 inches (38 mm) per side, and is simply stuck onto the clothing like an adhesive decal. A proprietary blend of FDA-approved non-toxic ingredients within the patch then exudes a scent, that reportedly blocks mosquitoes’ ability to detect exhaled carbon dioxide – that’s the major method by which the insects track down their human prey.

Once exposed to the air, the patch remains effective for 48 hours.

The Kite patch's active ingredients being tested in a lab
The Kite patch's active ingredients being tested in a lab

The Kite is based on research that was initially carried out at the University of California, Riverside, where it received funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The company that was founded to develop the patch has also benefitted from an NIH grant, along with grants and collaborative agreements formed with other organizations.

Initial large-scale testing is planned to take place in Uganda, where disease-carrying mosquitoes are a major health issue. Ultimately, it is hoped that Kite patches will be widely available both to aid organizations, and to consumers around the world. Hopefully Gizmag will be able to acquire some of the patches soon, to conduct our own hands-on testing – it would be interesting to see if a patch worn on the shirt, for instance, is really effective at keeping mosquitoes away from one’s legs and feet.

The Kite group is currently raising finds on Indiegogo, and has proven very successful. The funding goal of US$75,000 was met in just four days, with the total currently sitting at approximately $236,000. There’s still plenty of time to take part, however. A pledge of $10 will send a pack of five Kites to a family in Uganda, while $35 will send 10 patches and also get you 10 of your own. An estimated retail price has yet to be established.

Other recent research projects have looked at introducing mosquitoes that have been genetically engineered to stop them from smelling humans, creating mosquito-repellant clothing, and even wiping the insects out entirely.

More information on the Kite patch is available in the pitch video below.

Sources: Kite, Indiegogo

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15 comments
MBadgero
Wiping mosquitoes out entirely is by far the best option.
Delumen
I wish they shipped to Canada!
Bruce Mawby
the extermination of a species even a pest is a very risky idea what the long term repercussions could be are unknown being from Australia we know what adding a "harmless" animal or plant can do removal could be just as bad cute fluffy Rabbits ( mass destruction of native habitats) cane toad ( mass destruction of native habitats) are just 2
halofirst
MBadgero, I think this is not an option. "Before the idea of eradicating mosquitoes for the benefit of one (humans) is seriously considered, it must be proven that eradication WILL NOT affect our complex ecosystems. We shouldn't forget the precautionary principle." Please read all the article (including comments): http://www.nature.com/news/2010/100721/full/466432a.html
Ride Like Mike
Please help me. I'd love to use this product especially for my wife who seems extra tasty to mossies. I see arms in boxes with mosquitoes and I assume that the test subjects head is not in the box so there is no extra Co2 in either case, so how is Kite blocking the mosquitoes from finding the patch of exposed skin?
MBadgero
halofirst, did you read your own reference? Specifically, "Yet in many cases, scientists acknowledge that the ecological scar left by a missing mosquito would heal quickly as the niche was filled by other organisms. Life would continue as before — or even better. " Of course there are people that argue that they shouldn't be exterminated. They also argue that the human population is too large, but they don't volunteer themselves for reduction. Bruce Mawby, adding a foreign species can have a disastrous effect on the environment. The examples here in the USA are numerous: kudzu, Russian and autumn olive, pythons, zebra mussels. Removing one has little effect if the species is a parasite; case in point, the North American screw fly. This also should dispel the notion that mosquitoes can't be exterminated, since the screw fly was exterminated in the 1950s. This was before genetic engineering made it relatively easy, as in the Gizmag article that is referenced here. Although it could be argued that mosquitoes help control the human population, as they are one of the greatest killers of people by carrying disease.
myearwood
http://www.gizmag.com/genetically-modified-mosquitoes-aegypti-mosquito/20668/ Dismiss concerns about what might happen. Humanity already has things which are more environmentally damaging that wiping out the mosquito. Humanity has caused the extinction of hundreds if not thousands of species. From this: http://curiosity.discovery.com/question/how-species-actually-gone-extinct "roughly 50 million still survive into the modern era. While these numbers are certainly extreme at first glance, it serves as proof that extinction, while a sad occurrence, is a part of life for all living things." The extinction of one ridiculous parasite looks insignificant by comparison.
Patrick McGean
Adding organic sulfur to your diet makes your blood smell to alkanine, and they go elsewhere looking for acid blood. True for horses as well as man. The patch sounds wonderful but in the mean time hungry blood suckers can be discouraged by changing your ph. Organicsulfur@sisna.com is the Cellular Matrix Study
JAT
I will rejoice if and when the last mosquito is exterminated! I know first had the effects of malaria. What's more the d**n bites are really annoying! The barn swallows would just have to find something else to eat.
ADVENTUREMUFFINffin
brilliant Indiegogo campaign. One of the best I have seen. Once this proves itself, wonder if it could be used to hide the global warming effects of CO2 to the planet?