Handy - An Open Source Tool to Slow Down Covid-19

15 May, 2020

Dr Matteo Zallio, a former Arnold Graves postdoctoral research fellow at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and ESHI, has developed a simple, open-source tool to slow the spread of Covid-19.

Handy is a multipurpose personal device, born as an open-source response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which allows contactless interaction with daily routine objects such as doors, pedestrian lights, and shopping bags. 

Handy has a minimal, user-friendly, sustainable design that serves as a body extension for right and left-handed individuals, people of all ages and with different abilities. It can also be used to open or close doors, press buttons, switch toggles, interact with objects that need to be pushed or pulled, to carry shopping bags, or like a  bottle opener or keychain.

Technology media across the world have written about the design and Dr Zallio in talks with several companies to manufacture and distribute the product across Europe.