The hanging straps that are often seen in subways tend to be designed to be overly flexible -- the Tokyo-based firm 'Product Design Center' aims to change this.
The problem with flexible subway straps is that when subway cars make sudden movements, the straps move with it and commuters will lurch forward and invade the personal space of those around them. The handles designed by Product Design Center look like gymnastics rings and are more secure. They can be held by two people at once without their hands touching -- avoiding potential awkward encounters and unhygienic situations.
This securely designed subway handle is perfect for a world in which overcrowding in cities and heavy commuter traffic makes commuting stressful and more cramped.