• HandOn

    Well-being, Industrial Design


    HandOn Urban personal hygiene glove

    This project has been developed with the helpful advice of Public Health Association of New York City.

    Problem In New York City, there are more situations of hand-to-hand contact due to dense population, but it is hard to find cleaning facilities outside of buildings. Since hand-to-hand contact causes the spread of infectious illnesses such as the flu and diarrhea, there need to be a way to protect oneself from such invisible harms.

    Design solution The personal hygiene glove protects the palm of the hand and fingers when a user holds public facilities such as the subway railings, doorknobs. It is designed to be carried with you and is constructed from anti-microbial fabrics. Hand on would help reduce infectious illnesses spread through contact with public surfaces, this world impact urban people who are particularly vulnerable to health problems resulting from the lack of hand hygiene.

    Next step I would like to develop a line of these gloves with different forms, so more people could benefit from its use.

  • Imza,

    I've been invited to give feedback to all Parsons students, regarding your thesis projects.

    You've tackled an issue that a lot of city dwellers think about and very few discuss. I think we all have our own "work arounds" for avoiding touching bathroom faucets and doorknobs - using the cuffs of our shirts or opening doors with our hips or our feet!

    So along comes HandOn. i like that you've thought about material and sizing and how it all comes together to prevent the spread of infection. But have you considered how this gets distributed to citizens? Or how much it will cost? Perhaps you can try to connect this concept with doctor's offices and get the government (ha) or standard health care providers to cover the fee, as a preventative strategy? Or maybe find a corporate sponsor to more readily get it in the "hands" of everyday folks...especially those who can't afford high standards of hygiene because they live in low-income housing or on the streets, etc.

    Push this idea as far as you can. It has great potential! J.

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