Ben Heck Creates Custom Hand Sanitizer Monitoring System

Posted: Apr 4 2011, 12:34pm CDT | by , in News | Hot Gadgets


Ben Heck Creates Custom Hand Sanitizer Monitoring System

Motion detecting, germ killing action

I am pretty sure with all the antibacterial products on the market today from hand lotions to soaps and all sort of other stuff we are breeding a line of super germs that will eventually kill us all. You can’t go into a store or mall in my area without seeing stands set up to kill germs with wipes and lotions.

Here is the part that people don't understand about germs and killing them off. Just about everyone out there washes their hands wrong. Pretty much only the folks with some medical training do it right. For instance if you clean the toilet, turn on the faucet with your hand, soap up and lather well, rinse and then turn the water back off you’re your hand you just contaminated yourself and are no better off than you were when you started. Watch people, you will see the medical folks use an elbow or have paper towels ready to turn the faucet off. Don't even get me started on paper towel dispensers with levers, I digress.

The part that I find so funny is that we all managed to make it through the 80's touching doors and shopping carts without sanitizing them and suddenly America is a nation of germ freaks. Modder extraordinaire Ben Heck has made a new antibacterial lotion dispenser with motion detection reminding system perfect for germ freaks.

"Automatic hand sanitizer dispensers are great tools, but how do we know if people actually use them?" asked Ben. "This was a question submitted by one of our viewers and it turned into an interesting challenge for the show. I was able to mod an everyday hand sanitizer into an active tool to be used in the arsenal to fight the spread of infection in hospitals."

The hacked dispenser that Heck and guest Arun builds has motion detection to sense when people walk by, then flashes lights, and offers an audible reminder to clean their hands. The device also uses some tech to log when hands were sanitized and when they weren't. They need to do this at restaurants so we can tell if the workers really are washing their hands.

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