My name is Scott Griffiths and I'm a scientist from the UK (Wales!). I recently founded a non-profit called Admiral Technologies. I'm seeking your support and feedback before (and after) we launch our Kickstarter campaign for Project Admiral. Hopefully we won't get sued by George Lucas ;)
Cleaning isn't working, neither is lockdown. There are too many people and too many touches. And even without touches, we all know that surfaces become dirty because microbes constantly fall from the air.
Last year I had an idea for a completely new way to protect society from infectious disease without using disinfectants, pharmaceuticals or resorting to lockdown.
I thought to myself... ok let's imagine that disinfectants and vaccines don't exist. And let's imagine that every surface is always contaminated... using only non-biological materials, how can we protect ourselves?
Trapping microbes at known sources of contagion makes a lot more sense than trying to clean every surface after every touch. A trapped germ is not a threat - so why don't we cover our most frequently touched surfaces with a thin disposable membrane like clingfilm, that's designed to permanently bind/absorb microbes, but not be sticky to our touch.
Imagine a door handle, or hand rail on a train that's covered by a trap put down at the beginning of the day: it can be touched, it can receive germs, but the germs that arrive won't pass between people. So it stays clean and sterile.
Trapping materials could also be like putty, so we can suck germs off our skin without killing them using soap and water. We can also make poster/wallpaper sized traps that will purify the air. Whatever our imagination brings really. The key is to think about trapping instead of killing to neutralise the threat!
(We can also add some Titanium dioxide to traps that generate ozone - for a killing effect).
More than protecting us from infection, a used microbe trap could be sent to a public health lab instead of going in the bin. Using very simple and cheap genetic analysis, we can monitor which germs are where - for smarter disease surveilance and epidemic control/prevention.
Please ignore the link to GoFundMe - you can find more information here www.projectadmiral.org - plus I've attached a summary of the project and Kickstarter campaign (which is under review at Kickstarter).
The project will be open-source, meaning 100% transparent and everyone online is invited to help. The knowledge will be free for personal use, but like Android and the other open-source technologies, there will be a license fee applied for commercial use (in our case, 1%).
The 1% license is how Admiral Technologies will be self-sustaining, so we can continue the R & D and related activities long term.
So in summary... this is Lockdown for germs, not humans ;) - and this sort of technology will protect us from infectious disease in general, not just COVID!
Your comments, support, donations after launch, help with networking would all be massively appreciated. Any and all help would be brilliant.