We now know that COVID spreads via airborne transmission more than by hanging out on dirty surfaces, but the pandemic has made people obsessed with scrubbing surfaces clean. (For an example of the harm this excessive cleaning is doing to our health, check out Innovation Hub’s “Has Coronavirus Cleaning Gone Too Far?”)
Japan’s Parity Innovations, a tech startup, has capitalized on the public’s hesitance to touch things by developing a no-contact, floating holographic keypad.
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