For when you need to touch things, there’s the Nudge

For when you need to touch things, there’s the Nudge

While most of us are staying home, there are certainly cases where we do need to head out – say, to get groceries. And, at some point we’re presumably going to getting back to a form of regular life, commuting and whatnot. If you want to avoid touching as much as you can, small devices like the Nudge are ready to help you touch things at a distance.

Frankly, I’ve been seeing a lot of ads for devices like the Nudge. And you know, it makes sense. These things are something that would be fairly simple to machine (or laser or water cut). So, if you’ve got the equipment and access to the materials, coming up with this is easy enough. Just need to adjust the design to make it your own.

Speaking of material, this Nudge is one of the few I’ve seen that is 100% copper (most tend to be a brass alloy, which has copper in it) which is great for it’s anti-microbial benefit. I mean, there’s no sense in using something to push buttons or pull open doors if it’s just going to have the bacteria sitting on it waiting to jump onto you. This way, you should be able to press the elevator or ATM buttons and then not worry that it’s picking up something you’ll carry with you.

Also nice is the fact that the Kickstarter campaign for the Nudge is offering up a free retractor, so you can clip it on a belt (like your work badge) and have it always available, rather than needing to pull out your whole keychain. At about $17 for early-bird pricing, this is one of the more affordable options I’ve seen (though shipping from the UK might offset that a bit). The campaign isn’t funded yet, but it’s running until May 28th, with shipping planned to commence right after it closes. campaign page

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