* Coronavirus crisis sparks corporate creativity
* Gadgets range from door hook to software temperature check
* Inventors hope to build businesses that outlast pandemic
By Josephine Mason, Peter Henderson and Luiza Ilie
LONDON/OAKLAND/BUCHAREST, April 1 (Reuters) – Driving to work at his factory to the west of London last week, designer Steve Brooks had coronavirus on his mind. What could he make that would let him open a door without touching the handle?
“Everyone has to use their little finger or find the bit of the door that nobody’s touched,” said the designer and owner at DDB Ltd, a company which makes office furniture. So he produced a hook to do the job.
The so-called hygienehook is small enough to fit in a pocket and made from a non-porous material, which makes it easy to clean. It is one of hundreds of gadgets dreamt up in recent days and