Washing your hands just got easier: Introducing Opal, a new hand-washing device

Ji Suk Yi

In this July 22, 2011 photo, a mechanic washes his hands in the only sink at the State Police maintenance garage, in Colchester, Vt. Vermont state officials, who announced in March that they would pull the plug on water coolers and bottled water deliveries in state offices and buildings, are reconsidering the move amid a wave of complaints from workers. Calling bottled water a waste of taxpayer money, the state had said it hoped to save up to $200,000 annually by having workers use fountains and tap water instead. They said the change would help the environment, too, since toxic chemicals go into the making of plastic water bottles and ecologically-sensitive stream headwaters areas are damaged in the process of bottling. But many state workers have since complained that the tap water in their buildings is dirty or that they’ll have no way to get clean drinking water if the state stops buying bottled water for them. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

Ji Suk Yi is joined by entrepreneur and co-founder of City Health Tech Ibraheem Alinur to talk about their new handwashing device called Opal – a device that sits right next to the sink and encourages handwashing for 20 seconds by using interactive timed videos. Alinur says this product is designed to make handwashing “a fun, interactive, and educational experience” for all.

To pre-order an Opal device for you or your loved one, you can visit their website at www.cityhealth.tech.

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Born in South Korea, Ji Suk Yi immigrated to the U.S. when she was almost five years old. She had an eclectic childhood— a fusion of Southern and Korean American culture. She’s called Chicago home since 2006. (Click for more.)
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