Portuguese researchers create hands-free door opener to prevent spread of COVID-19

Source: Xinhua| 2020-07-15 00:25:38|Editor: huaxia

LISBON, July 14 (Xinhua) -- Researchers from the Coimbra Institute of Engineering (ISEC) presented on Tuesday an "innovative device" that makes it possible to open and close doors without the use of hands in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

According to the ISEC, which is part of the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, the hands-free door opener was designed "primarily for hospitals and health centers," but it can be installed in any place with a large movement of people.

According to the creators, the equipment allows users "to activate door handles with parts of the body less likely to come into contact with the face," thereby avoiding a major source of infection without proper hand hygiene.

In a press statement, ISEC President Mario Velindro said that the device is "versatile" and can "adapt to any type of door handle.". It is also "easy to install" and is "low maintenance," which makes it an "affordably priced" product.

"As the fight against COVID-19 requires safe behavior, this device will be a strong response to this pandemic," Velindro said.

The project's coordinator, Luis Roseiro, explained that the equipment uses mechanical elements that can be used "intuitively." It associates dynamic movement with "comfort and ergonomics," he said.

"This device will respect all safety standards, favoring design and mechanical strength, ensuring a harmonious framework with the environment in which it is inserted, and will also allow safe use by citizens with mobility limitations," Roseiro said.

The hands-free door opener will be "produced on a large scale for the national and international markets" by the company Shapetek in association with CENTIMFE, the Portuguese technological center for the mould-making, special tooling and plastic industries and the company Sandredy. Enditem