Bathrooms are among the biggest concerns customers have for returning to restaurants and malls. Touchless fixtures can help limit the spread of viruses, such as toilets that flash automatically, and sinks, soap dispensers, and hand drying machines that do not require touching.
Contact-less ways to operate doors are among the design interventions employed in the fight against the pandemic. Adapta created a device that allows people to open common round door knobs using an arm or elbow. Matteo Zallio created a 3D-printed tool that can be used for opening doors. See more examples here.
Ashla Systems is leading the way with smart elevators designed to sense when they are empty of passengers and use UV-C lights to kill viruses and bacteria. In the US, elevators make 18 billion passenger trips a year and each elevator carries an average of 20,000 passengers. Elevators carry 40 times more bacteria than public toilet seats according to a study by the University of Arizona.
As offices re-open one of the biggest questions remains – what to do with the elevator? Maintaining social distancing in a tight space can be done by taking advantage of the diagonal. At the same time, what to do with the lines of waiting people needs consideration.