Inventor Creates a Social Distancing Tool That Zaps Anyone That Approaches with a Million Volts

The backpack device is also scary looking.
Loukia Papadopoulos

During the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing has become key to fighting the virus. One inventor took this idea to the extreme, creating what he calls the "Covinator" tool.

The Covinator is a backpack that can generate over a million volts, zapping anyone who comes too close. The backpack does not even need to be activated to work; it looks plenty scary on its own.

"The high voltage acts like a forcefield extending 10 feet all around. If anyone gets into this zone they feel an intense shock," explains in the video the Covinator's founder.

We have to wonder about the safety of using such a device. Could the user accidentally zap himself? Could the forcefield extend to zap people that are simply walking by?

Luckily, the founder of the Covinator has put some safety precaution measures into practice. "To allow safe operation you have to enter an access code to engage the high voltage generator," he says.

Somehow that doesn't seem like enough! However, if the Covinator has sparked your curiosity, the founder says you can make it at home with two microwaves, a car battery, and some old military radar equipment.

He does not state where you could find old military radar equipment, but it's unlikely people will be mad enough to try building a Covinator.

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