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Social Distancing Laser Hat Uses Lasers to Stake Your Territory

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Written by Paul Strauss | April 24, 2020

These days, it’s important that we maintain our distance to prevent the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus. While the best thing you can do is just stay home, sometimes you have to go out to buy groceries or other essentials. Face masks and gloves can offer some protection, but social distancing still has had the most significant impact on controlling the spread.

One clever geek came up with a great way to help keep people out of his personal space, and it involves lasers!

A maker going by the moniker “StupotMcDoodlepip” created a gadget that shows people how far to stand away by projecting a six foot diameter laser circle. It’s a pretty simple design – basically a laser pointer that sits on a motorized base, and attached to a plastic hat. As it spins around, it paints a virtual boundary on the ground around him.


If you want to build one for yourself, you can check out the full list of materials on Stupot’s YouTube posting. The models for the 3D printed parts can be found on Thingiverse.

I think this is a great idea, though if I made one, I’d use lasers that can actually cut off limbs. That’ll show ’em!

[via KXOJ via Geekologie]