This Health Agency Made a Package Barcode Scanner That Doubles as a UV Disinfectant

'We are not creating something new—we are just putting two things together'

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Health-focused creative agency The Bloc is combining two everyday objects into what it hopes could be a useful weapon in the fight against coronavirus.

The shop has rolled out open-source specs for a handheld barcode scanner that doubles as an ultraviolet light disinfectant—with the hopes that shipping companies will adopt it as a convenient way to kill germs on packages as they are being tracked. Agency leaders say they are in talks with a “broad swath of companies large and small” about implementing the device, including a major food shipper, Nature’s Distribution, which has already signed on to adopt it.




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