MSUToday
Published: May 18, 2020

Spartan designs no-touch tool for door handles

Contact(s): Chelsea Stein Broad College of Business steinche@msu.edu, Caroline Brooks Communications and Brand Strategy office: 517-432-0920 brooks78@msu.edu

When times are tough, Spartans step up. They rise to the challenge, finding creative ways to overcome new problems and help others.

Executive MBA student Gabriel Escudero Borges has employed the Spartan spirit by designing his No-Touch Tool to help people avoid touching surfaces when leaving their home during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

“I was out for a run when I realized that I had to use my finger to press the buttons to cross streets,” Borges explained. “Also, during the same run, I entered a gas station to get water, and I had to touch the door handle to pull it on my way in and then push it open on my way out."

Borges quickly went to work, developing a lightweight but sturdy design with two basic features: a hook to open door handles and a head to help press buttons. He also added a small hole at the end so that the tool could become a keychain.

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Gabriel Escudero Borges is an MBA student in the Broad College of Business.