Remember the times when you were trying to get across a busy intersection, but could not navigate safely because there were no traffic lights? Once traffic lights come into play, life got a whole lot easier, but your crossing antics were dictated by the amount of time the traffic light takes to turn red and stop traffic. Humans, deciding that this was one broken wheel that needs to be “re-invented”, decided to introduce buttons at traffic lights so that you can prompt the traffic light to turn red as soon as possible for optimal traffic flow.

That’s a brilliant idea when it works, but you can just imagine just how unsanitary the button’s surface would be. Of course, this is no different than opening the doorknob of a public door, or pressing buttons on a lift, but we’re talking about minimizing your exposure here. Enter the Pedestrian Traffic Switch that does its bit in preventing germs from being shared with the rest of the folks who live in the same city as you. 

Kamil Laszuk’s imagination has no button to press – instead, it relies on a motion sensor that will detect your hand waving over it, so that it can inform the traffic light that at least one person is ready to cross.

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