The coronavirus pandemic has upended lives around the world over the past year, compelling changes in how we reside, function and even eat. At the annual CES show this week, tech companies are taking over a category of ways to fight back against COVID-19 through masks, disinfectants, air purifiers and touch-less technology.
The companies realize that no one technology can gain a victory against the virus, which is why several of them are placed as part of the new normal that life’s swivelling into. One such company, Alarm.com, developed a Touchless Video Doorbell to cut down on the transmission of bacteria and viruses that we oppositely often leave on spots we touch.
It’s “another way we can stay vigilant and protect one another,” Alarm.com said.
Some robots emit ultraviolet light to sterilize high-touch, high-traffic regions in a corporate office, retail store or restaurant. There are detectors that stick to your body to perceive flulike indications with near-hospital-grade accuracy. And there’s a mask that has a built-in microphone so you can still make a call and be effortlessly learned when you maintain your mask on. Its name, appropriately, is MaskFone. “The MaskFone is a daily essential that protects you and anyone you cross paths with from harmful bacteria, viruses and pollution.”
These new coronavirus-fighting commodities are almost the latest way tech is evolving a crucial fraction of modern life. Over the past year, countries around the world have established health lockdowns, nudged workers to telecommute and asked families in several households to keep apart. As many people have pursued those guidelines, they’ve veered around to videoconferencing, social networking and messaging apps to enable stay in touch.