For all thegermaphobes out there, this might be a dream invention. No one likes checking into a hotel room and finding remnants of the guests who stayed there before you. The new CleanseBot is designed to give you peace of mind while traveling, especially if you’re staying in a rather sketchy accommodation.
According to the company, a third-party study from the Guang Zhou Institute of Microbiology found that CleanseBot kills 99.9 percent of E.coli. Small enough to fit in your pocket, the patent-pending robot is equipped with a UV-C light that prevents the spread of airborne viruses and can be used to sanitize and disinfect surfaces, making it perfect for hotel travel.
The robot has three settings. The first is an automated mode that cleans under bed sheets and can be set for 30 or 60 minutes. The second is a hand-held mode, cleaning smaller objects like alarm clocks, phones, and TV remotes (the most germ-ridden item in a hotel room). The third is “powerbank” mode, for charging the device — although the robot can run for four hours without requiring a charge.
The robot was launched on January 6 on IndieGogo, the popular crowdfunding platform. It’s still in its prototype phase but has already raised over $1.3 million on IndieGoGo. Early backers will be able to purchase the robot for a special price of $99 — heavily discounted from the original $259 — and first orders are expected to ship in April.