SPINALI GLOVES : Connected smart gloves designed to fight against Covid-19, viruses and bacteria using natural and artificial light.

Gloves made in France composed of a special fabric treated with titanium dioxide that enables to destroy in a few minutes the polluting particles, organic volatiles, microparticles, bacteria and viruses, Coronavirus, H1NA, seasonal flu, Ebola, hepatitis, thanks to the principle of photocatalysis.

The textile is exposed to UV-A and UV-B radiation which can use natural as well as artificial light, disinfects itself, at the same time as it destroys organic stains.

The device is complemented by an IOS/Android application and a UV-C source box to facilitate disinfection by artificial UV-C light.

How did this project appear ?

SPINALI DESIGN is a company that specializes in DATATEXTILE. In 2015 it launched in Mulhouse (France) the world's first connected swimsuit Neviano. The company works in the field of protection/prevention (sunburn prevention, connected plaster that detects infections), in the field of connected textiles (connected dresses, vibrating jeans), in the management of light waves and in particular Ultra Violets, as well as in the fields of electronics and artificial intelligence

Why connected smart gloves?

Due to the increasing number of health issues the need to fight against viruses and bacteria is in constant rise. Many sectors of activity (police, controllers, receptionists, health workers, individuals, professionals) are in regular contact with the public.

It is challenging or sometimes impossible for them to wash their hands several times per hour or desinfect with a hand sanitizer. Public transport users are also concerned. The purpose of these gloves is to solve this problem and eliminate viruses and bacteria in a few seconds thanks to a UV source and a special coating (treated fabric) on the gloves.

What is the role of Ultra Violet rays?

The effect of the UV rays is indeed worth examining: it is well-known that ultraviolet rays of short wavelengths (100 to 280 nm) may heavily damage the DNA of living beings exposed to them.

In fact, the use of lamps emitting UV-C ultraviolet light in a wavelength of about 250 to 260 nm is a method of surface sterilization -but not human sterilization- that has been acknowledged more than a century ago and is still in use, especially in hospital settings. It was developed by the Faroese physician Niels Ryberg Finsen, the winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1903.

How does UV disinfection work ?

Irradiation with UV-C light quickly and efficiently inactivates microorganisms by a physical process. When bacteria, viruses and protozoa are exposed to the germicidal wavelengths of UV-C light, they become unable to reproduce and lose their infectivity

UV light has been shown to be effective against pathogenic organisms, including those responsible for cholera, polio, typhoid, hepatitis and other diseases of bacterial, viral and parasitic origin.

UV-C light inactivates microorganisms through the degradation of their nucleic acids. Cellular RNA and DNA absorb the high energy levels associated with the short waves, mainly at 254 nm, of UV light. This absorption of UV energy forms new bonds between adjacent nucleotides, creating double bonds or dimers.

The formation of dimers in adjacent molecules, particularly thymine, is the most frequent photochemical degradation. The formation of many thymine dimers in the DNA of bacteria and viruses blocks the replication process and thus the infectivity of the latter.

How much does it cost ?

The connected gloves made in France will cost 59€ including all taxes.

The compatible UV-C box will cost 29€ including all taxes.

Which specific feature do they possess?

First of all the gloves are made in France. The electronics come from Switzerland, the fabric from Italy, SPINALI DESIGN carries out the treatment on the fabric, the studies are done in-house for electronics and chemistry as well as in Switzerland for degradation kinetics. The IOS/Android application is developed by the computer scientists of SPINALI DESIGN in Mulhouse.

The gloves contain a BLE sensor with CE marking which enables UV quantity measurements during a certain period of time as well as to make sure that the gloves are disinfected more than 99%.

Under artificial light, it takes 10 seconds to eliminate most germs and 30 seconds to disinfect at 99.99%.

Under natural sunlight, a phenomenon of photocatalysis, accelerating disinfection, is physically produced by treating the glove with a titanium dioxide solution.

At the intersection of different disciplines (textile, physics, electronics, design, chemistry, digital), this new product wishes to offer useful technology on a daily basis.

The gloves can be machine washed (including the sensor).

The built-in battery can run for 300 days 8 hours per day.

The gloves are part of the eco-return program and can be returned after use to SPINALI DESIGN in exchange of a voucher (amount to be defined).

Conditions of use

The skin should never be directly exposed to UV-C.

A box providing artificial light is in the process of finalization and is designed to limit the risks of domestic use.

Studies are being launched to gain a precise understanding of the degradation kinetics of pathogens according to the conditions of use.

Figures are given with safety margins.

How does it work?

The gloves are treated with titanium dioxide, which accelerates the physical reaction of germ destruction in connection with UV-A and UV-B radiation.

A sensor integrated in the gloves allows to measure the amount of UV.

A compatible application on smartphone allows use of gloves which are disinfected at 99.99% by their exposure to natural light (UV-A and UV-B) or artificial light UV-C.