Devices, materials and equipment

Technologies for the new normal


In the era of the new normal, many everyday items have been adapted and/or optimised to help prevent infection. Some of these items are integral to our daily lives (e.g. telephone equipment, computer terminals, clothing) whereas others are more specialized (e.g. respirators) and by adapting them in ways that reduce the spread of the virus they can be useful tools to save lives in the current pandemic.

The materials from which buildings or rooms are made can combat viruses and bacteria.

This search concept covers sanitary doorknobs and handles which prevent spreading of infections.

    The design of an aircraft's interior, as well as onboard ventilation and hygiene, can all help to reduce the spread of viruses and bacteria.

    Remote-controlled aircraft, quadcopters and drones, can be useful in a variety of ways, e.g. to spray disinfectant or pesticides to suppress the spread of disease.

    The design and construction of the interiors of other vehicles can be just as important to reduce the spread of disease between passengers.

    Our telephones are another potential source of infection - any contamination on them will quickly be on our hands and/or faces.

    The design and construction of isolation rooms in hospitals or isolation boxes in laboratories can be especially important for handling infectious materials.

    Respirators have proven to be essential for the seriously sick, and this technical field has seen a surge in innovation in recent months.

    Components for face masks and respirators produced by additive manufacturing (i.e. by 3D-printing)

    Clinical personnel need a variety of gowns, masks and gloves to stay safe when treating infected patients. There are many inventions related to personal protective equipment ("PPE")

      This section concerns a variety of furniture for the workplace, in business premises and in the home.

      Material science has given us a wide variety of compositions and coatings, textiles and fibres that can have anti-viral, disinfecting or repellent properties.

      The following concepts provide an overview of different types of manipulators or robots suitable for executing tasks in contact with pathogenic agents and especially with SARS-CoV-2. This includes the treatment of infected patient by robot nurses or doctors and the manipulation of infected samples for analysis or research purposes.

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