The collected data can then be analyzed and used to provide helpful suggestions to users such as going for a walk or practicing breathing exercises to reduce detected stress, or when it’s time to replace their mask that’s been worn for a recommended time period. The FaceBit’s creators even suggest that hospitals and medical centers could use the collected health data to keep tabs on healthcare workers who may be especially struggling under the added load of the pandemic in order to provide some needed rest before they completely burn out and walk away, further exasperating staffing issues.

Before the FaceBit can be rolled out en masse, however, it still needs to undergo clinical trials and further validation to ensure it’s as effective a solution as the engineers behind it claim. But hopefully, this can be expedited given the open-source approach, allowing other engineers and researchers from all over the world to contribute to the project and deliver an effective solution sooner rather than later.