For many, the COVID-19 pandemic has made us hyper-aware of the amount of common surfaces we touch on a daily basis, from door handles to the buttons on an ATM machine. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and fearful of germs, but it shouldn’t stop you from living a normal life. That’s why New York-based company StatGear has developed a simple tool to help you avoid spreading harmful germs while going about your day-to-day life.
Designed by a retired NYC Paramedic, the Hygiene Hand means you don’t have to touch any surface at all with your hands. The simple tool is made from brass—a sustainable, antimicrobial material—and is shaped to feature a stylus, door hook, and finger hole. Users can wear the Hygiene Hand on the free retractable keychain, allowing you to avoid spreading germs to your own pockets. Simply pull it out when needed, and use it to open doors, use touch screens, and more.
Avi Goldstein, CEO at StatGear, was inspired to develop Hygiene Hand after becoming frustrated with the lack of options to avoid touching germs. “Literally a week and a half ago in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak in New York City I went to a pharmacy to pick up a prescription and was asked to use their stylus to sign for the purchase,” he reveals. “When I pointed out to the pharmacist that the stylus must be full of germs from all the people picking up prescriptions before me, they said they are out of hand sanitizer so I should just wash my hands when I get home.” He immediately met with his design team to start prototyping a solution.
StatGear launched the finished product on Kickstarter, where the campaign has reached more than 100 times its pledged goal. Its success means that production is already underway, and the team plans to start shipping Hygiene Hand orders next week!
Find out more about Hygiene Hand on Kickstarter, where you can still back the worthy project and order your own.