What changes has caused the virus and the consequent confinement in technology and architecture?
Today in the blog we tell you some technologies that already exist but useful to avoid contagion, and the innovations that have occurred in these two sectors to better cope with life indoors and ensure the best safety, avoiding contagion.
New technologies against contagion
Currently, in the de-escalation phase in which we find ourselves, the biggest concern remains the virus protection,due to the increased possibility of contact with other people when leaving our homes. Therefore, recent Internet searches to buy products that avoid contact have increased considerably.
It is important to emphasize the importance of this high demand for non-contact products, as it represents a potential revolution in our lifestyle and our interaction with technologies in the day-to-day. A clear example of some existing technological advances that largely avoid contact are automatic doors, automatic soap dispensers in sinks or even digitized payment.
But these aren’t the only ones that exist can already protect us from contagion, a number of solutions are already being generated technology for offices, public spaces, shops and even housing; ensuring the normal course of jobs and daily life without increase the risk of spread.
It should be noted that this sector is still small, but due to the need and demand this could be driven and generate the transition to automated architecture,as Archdaily tells us in his recent article on Contactless Architecture..
The same article lists some innovations that have been generated in the face of this new situation and that are a major technological breakthrough in this sector.
Lighting activated by motion sensors
This involves eliminating unnecessary contact and the possible spread of disease. It also represents a great energy saving,which is of great importance in terms of sustainability and efficiency of the building.
As we know, one of the great waste of energy is caused by lights that we turn on and forget to turn off by stopping need them. This simple method would eliminate this waste and significantly reduce energy expenditure.
Home automation or home automation
Another example of contact-avoiding technology that we’ve talked about earlier in our article Home Automation and Its Benefitsand is one of the most popular in terms of contactless technology.
Home automation and home automation involves the use of smartphone applications to control aspects such as temperature, lighting or safety, among others.
In this case, contact with switches and, because it is accessible through private devices, this makes it easier for users to access data or make changes without need for external contact.
In addition, it iseasily applicable to various environments,such as offices, residences, schools, shops…
Public baths are a great source of contagion. Therefore, another development of great interest today is smart toilets, which operate through sensors and have timers for use. While it is true that this type of bath already exists and are used in many projects, the current situation is a great opportunity for its further implementation, as well as the development of advances and improvements in this field.
Access by bluetooth or facial recognition
When it comes to accessing places such as spaces for there are a number of technologies that eliminate the need for contact, such as bluetooth access or facial recognition.
These technologies eliminate the need to touch a screen or use a card to access, for example, the workplace; which greatly prevents contagion and facilitates access, without the need for unnecessary cards or keys that are easy to lose or forget.
This type of access means greater accuracy in identification, greater hygiene and means faster and safer access for the user.
This technology was already very present in our lives before Coronavirus, but due to concerns about contagion has implemented certain changes to avoid contact.
Contactless consists of a technology that facilitates the realization of payments without contact, that is, through NFC communication. Thanks to this it is possible to make straws with card or mobile phones by simply bringing them closer to the phone, when it previously required to enter it and mark the pin on the keyboard or screen.
This technology required typing the PIN number if the transaction exceeded 20 euros; but, due to the current situation and the fear of contagion, this limit has been extended to 50 euros, making it easier to avoid contact users.
But, these are just some of the technological advances that are taking place due to Coronavirus; other large and innovative technologies that stand out are the Non-contact thermometers,which measure the temperature on a large scale through infrared light, something that makes it easier for sanitary workers to measure the temperature of potential infected people, quickly and without the need for any contact.
Finally, mobile apps against contagion already in operation in China, which give a QR code to each user and who are asked of citizens when they want to access some protected area, such as buildings, shopping malls, etc.; and consisting of a ‘digital health ID’ that informs the user’s health status. This code changes color based on risk and also provides information about places you’ve been and people you’ve been able to relate to, to be aware of whether they are infected and your chances of contracting them.
With all this we can see the great positive impact that the Covid-19 has had on the technology and the development of its innovation, allowing to improve the day to day and reduce the interactions that may constitute a contagion, however small they may seem.
These are just a few examples of contactless technologies that are helping to curb the virus globally and that may be a reality in our daily lives going forward, but are there other important changes and needs in our lifestyle after confinement, do you know them?