Aalto University develops an antimicrobial surface tool to prevent the spread of COVID-19Marie Donlon | September 14, 2020
A laboratory technician from Finland’s Aalto University’s Design Factory has created a tool that lets users avoid contact with surfaces in public places amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The touch guard, dubbed the Space Key, is a key-like device that is composed of copper, which is an antimicrobial that can destroy viruses, including COVID-19.
The Space Key can enable users to push buttons, such as those on an ATM, handle toilet and faucet fixtures in a public restroom, and open and close trash can lids without touching those problematic surfaces with their fingers where viruses can live for extended periods of time.
The touch guard tool was designed with hospitals, airports, schools and other high-traffic public places in mind. It joins a number of other surface solutions that have emerged from the COVID-19 virus including a 3D-printed door opening tool and various surface film and coating solutions.
See how the self-cleaning antimicrobial tool works by watching the accompanying video that appears courtesy of Aalto University.