Corona Grabber

Minor Makerslab, April 2020

A tool to refrain from touching objects in public to help prevent the COVID-19 contamination.

COVID-19 is an airborne virus. Therefore we must maintain appropriate distance between each other. However, there is also another way this virus can spread. What especially makes the COVID-19 virus so dangerous, is that the virus can survive on surfaces for up to 72 hours. We can infect ourselves and others by touching our faces or mouths with our contaminated hands.

A possible solution is to use “personal devices”. These objects are an extension of our own body that prevent direct contact with possibly contaminated surfaces, like doorhandles and buttons.

In this project I explored possible solutions to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus through surface contamination, that is accessible to everyone and does not depend on regular production methods.

Open source free download

Designed for acessible production.

Accessibility is an essential aspect in this project, since I believe that protection against this virus should be obtainable for everyone, and should not depend on your wealth or your accessibility to certain amenities and tools.

Covid-19 has a huge impact on the economy, and the usual methods of manufacturing and distributing are not always available. The internet gives us the option to share the files for this product to easily decentralize the production.

These prototypes can be manufactured on a 3D printer, or a CNC machine out of any material you have available. If you don't have access to one of those expensive machines, you can also make it at home with tools you already own.

Corona tool on traffic button
Type "Grabber" on a traffic light button
Corona tool grabber with
A clothespin spring is used for type "Grabber"

Full documentation

During this global pandemic I felt the need to use the skills i have to contribute to a possible solution. Despite what capitalism wants us to believe, I think it is important to create products that are meaningful and fundamental.

For more details about this product, you can read my full research zine.

Design process

Due to a lockdown, the research and prototyping for this project was all done at home. If you are curious about my process or previous versions and solutions, please take a look at my trail of evidence.