Thanks to COVID-19Touch Free is All the Rage These Days

By on May 13, 2020

If you think products like touch-free faucets were popular before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, imagine what the demand must be now. It is actually pretty high. According to Arch Daily,Amazon searches for touch free products are up as much is 2000% in some cases. People want touch free in an attempt to slow down the spread of coronavirus.

Only time will tell if such an emphasis on touch free is warranted. In the meantime, consumers are going to buy what they want to buy. They are not the only ones, either. Business owners, property owners, and government managers will be looking to go touch free as well. We are talking washrooms, interactive computer systems, and the like.

Touch-Free Washroom Fixtures

The desire to go touch free in commercial environments is easily seen in washrooms. Even before the onset of the pandemic, there was concern about how easily germs spread in washroom environments. Thus, the implementation of touch-free faucets, roll towel dispensers, and toilet flushing mechanisms.

COVID-19’s arrival only accelerated the deployment of touchless washroom fixtures. For example, temporary field hospitals at Yale University and Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center needed touch-free fixtures. Both properties had to be retrofitted with touch-free faucets and toilets in advance of accepting new coronavirus patients.

Meanwhile, you can bet that nearly every new commercial construction project will be built with as many touch free fixtures as possible. The public washroom will never be the same again.

Touch-free commercial environments will not be limited to washrooms in the future. According to California’s Rock West Solutions, modern-day sensors are seeing to that. We are fast approaching the day when we will not have to use our hands to do very much of anything in the office. Sensors capable of responding to voice commands, physical movements, and the like will open the door to all sorts of touch-free devices.

Touch Free at Home

This post started by talking about devices such as touch-free faucets. A residential touch-free faucet works the same as a comparable faucet in a public washroom. It is activated by an infrared sensor that detects a hand moving underneath it.

Voice control systems are also gaining momentum in the American home. People are buying smart speakers in greater numbers, using them to control lighting and thermostat settings. Some are using them to turn their TVs on an off, lock and unlock the doors, and so forth.

If that is not enough, there are tech companies putting a ton of resources into developing speech recognition technology that will eventually eliminate the need to use our hands to operate our computers and cell phones. Everything will be done by voice.

Sensors Make It All Work

At the heart of the touch free universe are the many sensors that make it all work. The touchscreen on your cell phone is an example of a sensor. Make a phone call and you no longer have to push physical buttons embedded in a keyboard. You use a virtual keyboard or your voice instead.

The sensor inside your smart speaker is an audio sensor. It picks up your voice and translates it into data that can be analyzed by on-board software. The software sends out its own signal to turn on your lights or order you a pizza.

Thanks to COVID-19, touch free is all the rage these days. There is no turning back now. The more people get a taste of touch free, the more they are going to want it at home and everywhere else.

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