July 21, 2020
Gadgets and Gizmos Galore
- There are quite a few products available to help navigate the coronavirus infected world.
- CAD Crowd, a California based 3D printing company recently held a contest encouraging innovation of COVID-19 related tools.
- Some inventors going the altruistic route, making designs available for free to anyone with a 3D printer.
There are a lot of new rules since the emergence of COVID-19. Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face. Don’t touch products in the store if you are not planning on purchasing them. There are so many new guidelines that a little help would be appreciated by most. Thankfully, there are quite a few products available to help navigate the coronavirus infected world.
One such invention is the door opener that can attach to your keychain, or be used by itself. Using it without attaching it to your keys seems the most sensible, because your keys should not be coming in contact with doorknobs in public places. A variation of this option comes from Steve Brooks, an inventor based in London. His product is called the, “Hygeinehook.” It is made of non-porous material, and can fit in a pocket. Those of us who have spent more time than they want to admit standing in front of a door trying to figure out which part of the handle is the least contaminated, would certainly get their money’s worth out of products like these. And for every hook purchased, Brooks is donating one.
Another new reality is that touching your face while out in public (or anytime your hands haven’t been recently washed) is a risk factor. Immutouch is a wristband that will alert you if you are in danger of touching your face. Invented by Matthew and Joseph Toles founders of Slightly Robot, the device is available for $39.99.
There are other inventors going the altruistic route, making designs available for free for use by anyone with a 3D printer. One such inventor is Wyn Griffiths, who designed a hands-free door opener. The opener is attached to the door, and can be opened with an arm rather than a hand. The instructions for printing can be found here: https://grabcad.com/library/coronavirus-covid-19-hands-free-forearm-door…
CAD Crowd, a California based 3D printing company recently held a contest encouraging innovation of COVID-19 related tools. The contest yielded a number of amazing concepts including a door opening hook ring, a faucet handle extension that enables users to turn water on and off with an elbow allowing them to keep their hands uncontaminated after washing, and a grocery basket touchless hanger. The contest generated many more items of note, and it is worth a look, if only to enjoy the ingenuity. The contest results, with pictures and descriptions from the inventors can be found here: https://www.cadcrowd.com/contest/2332-covid-19-coronavirus-product-design-and-3d
The technological community is stepping up, and that is good for all of us. The items mentioned above are a fraction of what is available to make living safely during the pandemic easier. If you have a need, the solution may already be out there. If it isn’t, why not make it?