Foot Latch is a foot operated door latch designed for public restroom stalls. It is a replacement for traditional door latches that reduces the risk of spreading germs and contagious diseases by allowing people to avoid coming in contact with contaminated door latches in public restrooms.
Infectious diseases and viruses, such as Influenza, are transferred from one person to another in many different ways. The main causes for the spread of viruses include coming in contact with infected people and contaminated surfaces. This contact can happen either by touching an infected person, or indirect by touching a contaminated surface. Restrooms in public places, such as airports, train stations, hospitals and restaurants, pose the highest risk for the indirect spread of disease and viruses. To reduce the risk, most of today’s public restrooms are equipped with automatic touch free equipment, such as water fixtures, hand dryers and towel dispensers. The one area that has not been addressed with touch free technology is the restroom stall door latch. Entry and exit from a public restroom stall still involves contact with potentially contaminated door latches.
Designer : Behzad Rashidizadeh
The challenge was to propose a suitable solution for public restroom stall doors that enables users, at any age and gender, to lock and unlock the stall door without touching it with their hands. The product should be user-friendly, inexpensive, simple to produce, easy to install, durable and resistant to potential vandalism.
To develop a successful design, the final solution had to consider all needs of the target user and the feasibility of its production in order to satisfy the manufacturer. To fulfill this aim, products with similar functions had to be analyzed in terms of demand, design, materials and production methods. A variety of mockups were tested.
Foot Latch is simple in function, cost-effective in production and easy to install, which makes it affordable for customers. With almost zero competition in this market category, it will create a great opportunity for manufacturer investment. Unfortunately, this project is still a concept, but here’s similar design that you can actually buy: Foot Door Opener.
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