Some of the best inventions come out of a need that one person recognized and did something about. In this case, it’s a twelve year old boy from South San Francisco that noticed his parents were using their sleeves to avoid touching things like door knobs and ATM buttons. With hand sanitizer in short supply in the early days of SIP, it was a worry every time they touched something. So he went to work on his computer and 3D printer. Mizan Rupan-Tompkins created a simple hook device that can open doors, press buttons and even move or pick-up small objects.
Not only is it made from germ resistant, plant-based plastic but it’s easy to carry as a keychain and fits easily into your pocket. He’s even got a name for it…”Safe Touch Pro” So far he’s sold just over 300 of these devices and hopes more of us will find the Safe Touch Pro useful. So cool to see one of our own from the Bay getting some shine for an excellent idea. His parents are proud of him too! His mother told KTVU “if he’s doing this at 12, what is he going to be doing at 16? So we’re very proud of him,” Check out Mizan’s invention in action on his Instagram here.
And our friends at KTVU featured Mizan this weekend. You can see more about his invention right here