The design of the device, which can be 3D-printed in under three hours, adapts door handles to be opened without hands
Spotted: London-based architectural designers, Ivo Tedbury and Freddie Hong, have created a 3D-printed device that adapts door handles to be opened without the use of hands, with the aim to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The pair, who met while studying architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture, came up with the design as a way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. It has been reported that the virus can live on some surfaces for days and is transmitted by human touch.
“To help fight COVID-19, our interactions with the built environment need to go ‘Hands-Free’,” they said. “We’re sharing designs for adaptor kits to reduce physical contact with shared surfaces in buildings.”
The design consists of a curved plastic device that can be attached to fire escape-style pull door handles with cable ties. Instead of using hands to open a door, users can loop their arm through the adaptor and pull the door open.
In addition to releasing the device, Tedbury and Hong have set up Hands-Free Architecture as a provocative platform to encourage other designers to share ways to respond to the crisis.
The design of Open Source handle adaptor is available to download for free on Hands-Free Architecture and comes with a poster that demonstrates how to use the handle.
Explore more: Architecture & Design Innovations