No Germs? No Problem. New Tech to Open Doors Without Doorknobs

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If you weren’t a germaphobe a few months ago, we don’t blame you if you’re now wiping down every surface in sight on a regular/semi-regular basis. Even those hard-to-reach places we used to neglect are now cobweb free and disinfected. We just wish there was a better way to open door handles, and we’re not the only ones.

Social distancing is not only in place to keep people from touching each other, but also to keep people from touching the same objects in high-traffic areas. We’re on track to re-open businesses and the road to recovery will need some innovation.

Ziad Salah from Edmonton, Alberta, and two friends, brothers Abed Shawar and Ammar Shawar are sharing their innovation with the world.

The solution? A Key-shaped pocket tool “with a hook on the end that can open doors of up to 70 pounds without the user’s hands ever touching the door handle,” called the CleanKey. Also used to press floors for elevators and touchscreens or keypads, this is an invention in a myriad of new “portable door-openers that have entered the market or grown in popularity since the pandemic took hold.”

At $7 apiece, families are able to order a CleanKey for each member and not leave with an empty wallet.

Don’t want to carry a tool around with you? 3D printing engineers at Materialise, Europe’s largest 3D-printing factory, designed, manufactured, and refined blueprints for a device that be installed on existing door-handles. The device allows doors to be opened using a forearm instead of a germ-infested hand.

Materialise spokesperson Kristof Sehmke says, “I think we were possibly the first to come up with a positive, functional, 3-D printed solution for a very practical problem that everybody has.” One-hundred-thousand copies of the blueprint have been downloaded online, for-free of course, anyone with a 3-D printer can make their own handle. Even The Mayo Clinic in Minnesota has installed Materialise’s door handles.

Arjun Kaicker, head of workplace analytics and insights at Zaha Hadid Architects designs “some of the most sophisticated office spaces in the world, where everything from elevator doors to the air conditioning over an individual desk can be controlled by a cellphone app.”

Solutions to our door-knob problem may be simpler than throwing technology at the issue, resulting in the need to ask Alexa to open them for us.

Kaicker suggests doors to meetings rooms and offices might be removed until things change, or remain open unless absolutely necessary, and then closed using a napkin to do so.

Pandemic-proofing will mean more foot-operated kick pedals, and button-controlled doors for people with disabilities that can be activated with an elbow. The less touching, the better. 

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-Emmy Seigler

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/look-ma-no-hands-finding-new-ways-to-open-the-door/ar-BB14cmWA

Image Source: https://www.pexels.com/photo/silhouette-photo-of-person-holding-door-knob-792032/

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