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A New York-based company hopes its device that scans hands for germs after they've been washed will be the latest asset in the fight against viruses and diseases.

The Pathspot is placed on the wall closest to sinks. There the device operates by shinning a light on hands placed underneath it. If the machine gives a literal green light then the hand has been washed well enough. If it gives off a red light then the person using the device should wash his or her hands until they get it right.

The process for checking hands for germs only takes about two seconds, Pathspot CEO Christine Schindler tells a FOX affiliate in Los Angeles. The Pathspot can also be used to track how long people have been washing their hands. 

The Pathspot costs $175 each a month to rent with an additional fee for the data tracking not included. The company believes the technology could be an asset to schools, hospitals, nursing homes, airports, public buildings and offices.