The full-face protective gear is a transparent visor that is worn over the surgical mask to protect the entire face of the healthcare workers. Joining the battle against coronavirus pandemic, a group of young researchers from the Hyderabad-based Centre for Innovation, LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), have developed a low-cost innovative indigenous visor, i.e. a full face protective gear, just for Rs.50.

The full-face protective gear is a transparent visor that is worn over the surgical mask to protect the entire face of the healthcare workers. The product, which was initially developed for LVPEI clinicians, will now be made available to all, as the researchers decided to share the open-source file of their product with other organisations.

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The team of researchers led by Sandeep Vempati, Project Lead at LVPEI Center for Innovation, created a prototype of the visor in just four hours, made a manufacturable version of it the same day, and contacted vendors the next day, a press release said.

“Barely 48 hours later, the design of the product with a production cost of nearly Rs. 50 was ready for use,” LVPEI researchers said.

Close to 250 such visors are already being used by LVPEI doctors and 500 of these visors have been manufactured for Fernandez Hospital apart from coordinating with vendors in Jhansi, UP, to make 150 visors for local military personnel.

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Vendors have been identified in Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Gujarat and UP for helping local hospitals and clinics manufacture these visors. “Over 1 lakh such visors have been manufactured and deployed through our partners in Mexico and regions in the United States. We have also initiated a campaign for raising funds to manufacture these visors for LVPEI and other hospitals in India,” the institute said.

For details on raising funds: https://bit.ly/39Ig418 and for tutorials on fabricating the visor: https://lvpmitra.com/osvisor