University students put knowledge to work, invent automatic hand-washer

University students put knowledge to work, invent automatic hand-washer

- Two students at the Islamic University, Uganda, Lucky Mwaka and Mansoor Muhammad, have created a handsfree washing aid

- What makes it different from other aids is that it works automatically as it uses proximity sensor to pump water and soap out

- The invention was specially made for low-income communities that cannot afford much water and cleaning agents

Some students at the Islamic University in Uganda have improvised a hand-washer that pumps out water and soap through automation.

The students at the centre of this creative inventions are Lucky Mwaka and Mansoor Muhammad, who also both work at the university’s research and innovation laboratory, BBC reports.

The main idea behind the handwashing bucket is to ensure quality hygiene in places where they cannot afford luxury cleansing items like hand santisers.

“We thought of a way to draw water without having to open and close the taps. This is for people who use soap and water separately or those who do prior mixing of the disinfectant with water," Umar Yahya, their lecturer said.

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The handwasher also uses solar technology to power its sensor. Photo source: BBC
The handwasher also uses solar technology to power its sensor. Photo source: BBC
Source: UGC

He said the way it is made, the hand-washer can be used with any kind of container, depending on what the user can buy.

One of the inventors, Mwaka, said that the washer works when hands come in close proximity to it. He said that it is also very water-saving.

The cost of producing the container is $24 (N8,808) and has been used across several places on the campus with plans to produce more.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a young man in Ghana came out with an amazing invention that allows water and soap to flow automatically for hand-washing in the fight against COVID-19.

The invention was produced with a normal metallic drum that was simply fitted with a sink, sensors and cables that connect to the solar panel on top.

Once someone places the hand under the tap, the sensor sends a signal for soap to be oozed out on the person's hand and the system is programmed to allow 25 seconds for the person to wash the hands well before rinsing begins.

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In other news, Pope Francis on Monday, April 6, spoke about the situation of the poor. In his tweet, the pontiff said that God will judge the world on how we relate with the poor.

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He explained a popular verse in the bible which said: “The poor you will always have with you”, saying God meant he will always be present “in the poor.”

He singled out that particular place in the Bible as the focus of the gospel, adding that it carries much power that it would form the centre of God’s judgment.

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