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Del Mar couple creates product to help prevent spread of germs

Posted at 7:20 AM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 10:20:30-04

DEL MAR, Calif. (KGTV) -- It can be used to open doors, press buttons at the ATM, open trash cans and help with other things you'd normally use your for in public.

"It's ergonomically designed so it has this nice curvature on the backside, a nice grip feature because you're going to be using it through the day to pull door handles." They call it the Doorman, it was created by marketing guru and engineer, Vanessa Tan Kate and Jake Feuerstein, all before COVID-19.

"I was at work and noticed a coworker struggling to avoid touching door handle in the restroom," said Feuerstein. "I noticed this issue and being an engineer I went to work on looking for a solution. I went home and started to look for some sketches, made prototypes and started bouncing ideas off Vanessa."

The duo is ready to launch their product and in a world where preventing the spread of germs is now the new norm, it will probably be in high demand. "Our mission really is to make people feel more comfortable when they're going out in public and navigating this new world we live in. Anytime they're touching a door handle or surface they can feel a little better knowing they're taking a precaution to keep them and other people safe," said Tan Kate.

The pocket-sized Doorman weighs less than an ounce and will cost you $25. The couple's kicking off sales with a Kickstarter campaign set to start in a couple of weeks.

"If we bring this product to market and it helps even one person avoid getting sick or feel better going out in public, that means we've accomplished our goal."