Public paper towel convenience now private

Automatic, touchless, paper towel dispenser brings the conveniences of a public restroom to your home.

Jennifer Lowell
Jenn Lowell spent her time at the University of Colorado building robots and other toys before earning her graduate degree in mechatronics and mechanical engineering. She is a self-proclaimed lover of anything that runs off of electricity and has moving parts or motors. Currently pulling double-duty as a high school science teacher and freelance blogger, she has free time seldom enough to deeply appreciate the modern technological conveniences that give her more of it. She is a long-time recreational blogger currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY.
Jennifer Lowell

The kitchen tool I have to replenish most often is paper towels. Thankfully, most brands now have the "select-a-size" half-sheet towels, so I can wipe up without being as wasteful, but it seems as if I still use more than I need. Although most of them are put to good use, many paper towels inevitably fall victim to accidental spoilage, like when I steady the roll with my left hand to tear off a sheet, leaving saucy fingerprints on the row of towels that are going to be used next. If the point of paper towels is to clean up messes, then does it make sense to mess them up with our grubby fingers before we ever use them?

No, it certainly does not, according to the makers of the Towel-Matic Touchless Dispenser, an automatic paper towel dispenser. At the wave of your hand, the Towel-Matic dispenses one sheet, two sheets, or (my favorite) a half-sheet by means of sensors that detect the perforations between sheets. According to the manufacturer, the paper never unravels, and you can tear sheets with one hand, leaving your other hand free to continue stirring your spaghetti sauce. Also, since you only ever touch the towel you're about to use, the Towel-Matic can help reduce the spread of germs.

The Towel-Matic Touchless Dispenser can be purchased for $59.99 in SkyMall Magazine, or on SkyMall's Web site.