The Kite Mosquito Patch, an adhesive square that pumps out a cocktail of people-safe chemicals to ward of bothersome blood-suckers, is generating some solid buzz on the crowd-funding scene.
With 22 days left in its Indiegogo campaign, Kite had already hauled in more than $430,000 as of Thursday, well over the $75,000 target the venture originally set out to raise. The patch, which Kite says "allows humans to go virtually undetected by mosquitoes for up to 48 hours," has been the subject of glowing reports by Wired, Medical Daily, and PCMag sister site Geek.com.
A small, square patch that's not yet available in the U.S. is promising to work as a force field against pesky mosquitoes. It's called the Kite Patch, and it's a sticker that emits chemical compounds that essentially make you invisible to the bloodsuckers — they block a mosquito's ability to sense humans.
If this is as effective as promised, the Kite Patch could be a game changer in preventing mosquito-borne illnesses like malaria and West Nile virus. It's been developed by a venture capital group called ieCrowd and scientists at Olfactor Laboratories, a research facility in California.
A patch that is being hailed as the new age product of mosquito prevention has been developed.
According to the product's Chief Scientist Michele Brown, the patch, which can be attached to clothes and bags, uses non-toxic compounds to block ability of a mosquito to find people through carbon dioxide that humans exhale, ABC News reported.
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The “Kite” patch is a breakthrough approach to combating mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases.
Kite is a small, powerful patch that disperses non-toxic compounds that make humans invisible to mosquitoes.
Kite is designed to provide individuals with up to 48 hours of protection from mosquitoes by blocking their human-hunting sensors.
When it comes to dealing with mosquitos, one generally has two options: drench yourself in potentially harmful (and often ineffective) repellant or suck it up.
But California-based start-up Olfactor Laboratories has developed a sticker that the company claims can make wearers virtually invisible to mosquitos.
Riverside, California - Scientists have developed a secret weapon and solution to battle the world's tiniest enemy: The mosquito.
With support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and an enormous outpouring of online donations through Indiegogo, Olfactor Labs have discovered a unique way to disable the mosquito's ability to track their red-blooded victims.
They call it the Kite Patch. The product is a tiny patch that sticks to your clothes and provides mosquito relief for up to 48 hours. The patch could quickly become a major deterrent in the fight against mosquito-carrying diseases like malaria, which claim more than 600,000 lives a year in places like Africa, Asia and South America.
Brightly colored little patches that stick on clothing or backpacks could represent an effective new way to fight mosquitoes and the deadly illnesses they spread. A California-based startup is close to getting the patches produced and distributed in areas where they’re needed the most.
Current mosquito repellents can be cumbersome, expensive, limited and in some cases even toxic. Bed nets can only do so much and nobody enjoys getting sprayed with who-knows-what just to keep the bugs away for a brief spell. A company in Riverside, California called Kite thinks it has the answer in the form of a 1.5-inch square patch that goes on clothing, backpacks, baby carriers and other items to make the wearer invisible to mosquitoes.
Kite Mosquito Patch Deters Malaria and West Nile-Carrying Mosquitoes; Compounds Block Mosquito's Ability to Detect Human Blood
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Itching for a solution to keep mosquitoes away? A new technology could spell an end to your summer scratching and save millions around the world from mosquito-borne diseases.
With summer comes heat as well as those pesky insects but the new Kite Patch can fix one of those problems. Kite Patch is a square you stick on your clothing or bag to make you practically invisible to mosquitoes.
According to the product’s Chief Scientist Michele Brown, the patch uses non-toxic compounds to block a mosquito’s ability to find people through carbon dioxide.
Mosquitoes use the CO2 in a human’s breath to track and feed on them. The Kite Patch found a non-toxic way to block this particular ability of the insect; counteracting nature with natural ingredients rather than harsh sprays.