Edinburgh-based Capital Cooling has launched a contact-free refrigerator, with Italian manufacturer ISA, in a bid to offer a new touch-free way to shop post-Covid-19.
The product with automatic doors is said to be the first commercial refrigerator with ‘Smartflex’ technology patented by ISA, to be sold to the UK market.
Fitted with sensors, the mobile wings rotate inwards when motion is detected, allowing a customer to reach inside without touching the external entryway. The system also offers adaptive customisable openings, so users can choose their preferred means of access.
The unit is said to be suitable for a supermarket or a grab-and-go retail environment where the general public’s desire to limit physical interactions with potentially contaminated public surfaces is preferred.
Capital Cooling also claims energy consumption can be reduced by up to 40%, as the fridge’s doors can’t be left open.
Unlike refrigerators with solid doors that require a clear width of space on either side, the Smartflex integrated refrigerator just requires the space it’s placed on.
Steve Steadman, CEO at Capital Cooling, said: “Consumers are increasingly prioritising methods of contact-free shopping, due to fears of catching the coronavirus, and our latest product helps shoppers reduce their risk of catching the virus.”