When Johannes Veit wakes up at night time a few days in the past, he has a flash of inspiration. The following day, he contacted one in every of his prospects, the supervisor of a carpentry firm. They tinker round, work out the thought and have completed their first prototype “a day or two” later: a 1.60 meter, white, mobile washbasin with contactless faucet.
Veit calls it “mobile hand washing station”. “When shopping in the supermarket, I noticed that almost all customers wear disposable gloves,” he says star on the telephone. “This is an incredible waste of resources. Instead, people could just wash their hands on site.”
A mobile washbasin towards the corona virus
When it involves Veit, the mobile washbasin needs to be positioned within the entrance space of supermarkets, drugstores, bakeries, butchers, logisticians, incoming items or pharmacies. In brief: Anywhere the place there are at present nonetheless many individuals strolling round. “Authorities, politicians and experts recommend washing your hands more often now. So why don’t we do it right where we can run the risk of catching the virus?”
The thought was born out of necessity. Veit comes from Großbettlingen, a municipality in Baden-Württemberg close to Stuttgart. There are many small and medium-sized companies there. He himself runs a commerce in handicrafts. The corona virus worries all corporations. “We are breaking orders here,” he reveals. “This is existential.”
The “hand wash station” is to assist preserve the injury as small as doable. In addition to Veit’s operation, 4 extra have joined the venture. It is a three way partnership that’s solely supposed to cowl prices and proceed to make the most of manufacturing, says Veit. “We want to avoid government aid and short-time work.”
The first corporations are already
So far, the thought has been effectively acquired. Two giant logistics corporations and a grocery store chain, whose identify Veit doesn’t need to reveal, have expressed curiosity. “We are able to produce 100 to 300 pieces a week.” He additionally makes it clear that he’s not inquisitive about earnings. “The contactless tap alone costs 320 euros.” The worth of 1186 euros per mobile sink is due to this fact “absolutely fair”.
The essential query is whether or not the “mobile hand washing station” could be utilized by prospects in any respect. So far it does not appear like that. “We have already put two in our community,” studies Veit. “So far, customers have only used it as soon as they have been made aware of it.” You might have to get used to it first.