A dozen Ford Motor Co. workers are experimenting with wearable social-distancing devices that could be deployed more widely once the carmaker reopens idled manufacturing plants.
The small group of volunteers at a Ford factory in Plymouth, Michigan, are trying out watch-like wearables that vibrate when employees come within six feet of each other, said Kelli Felker, a company spokeswoman. The aim is to keep workers from breaching the distance that health experts recommend to avoid spreading the coronavirus.
Anyone else get the feeling we’re slowly being programmed to cut out and find physical intimacy disgusting? It’s like a scene from Demolition Man. “Don’t get too close….” Handshakes are outdated. Intimacy can only be experienced virtually. Anyway, employers will probably soon be using wearables to track health, productivity, and monitor who you’ve interacted with, and if you’ve invaded anyone’s personal space.
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