297 Space Key antiviral touch tool

Date: July 2020
Design by: studio i ore
Credit: iore.fi

“Space Key is an antimicrobial tool that allows people to safely use dirty surfaces like handles, faucets, toilet seats, buttons and other fixtures. The Space Key can handle a wide variety of privacy locks, latches, levers and doesn’t just lessen the chance of contracting germs, but eliminates it completely due to its copper case. This nested design first isolates the key and then the 99,95% antimicrobial copper kills all of the micro-organisms on its surface. This is a passive property of copper and the Space Key doesn’t need to be washed or maintained.

Space Key is ideal for situations like travel, which exposes you to foreign pathogens and visiting hospitals where antibiotic-resistant bacteria can be contracted. Other critical benefactors include couriers and other essential workers that continually navigate the urban environment and people with weak immune-defense or pre-existing conditions that make them more susceptible to diseases.”


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