Monday, October 6, 2014

Xenex's Little Moe robot kills Ebola virus

Xenex's Little Moe robot kills Ebola virus

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As the Ebola virus makes its presence known with the first known casualty surfacing in the United States, the scramble is on to develop vaccines and establish preventive measures before the virus grown endemic. A San Antonio based medical device manufacturer, Xenex has developed a hospital cleaning robot called "Little Moe" that uses pulses of ultraviolet light to fuse germ DNA and kill it.
Xenex claims that Little Moe is able to completely rid any room or space of its infections in just 5 minutes of UV pulses and it takes the robot just 2 minutes of pulses to kill the Ebola virus.

The robot works on channeling one of three types of UV rays called UV-C rays. The other two -UV-A and UV-B- are found in our environment and are the reason we get sun tans and sunburns. UV-C rays on the other hand are reflected away by the Ozone layer which is why organisms on earth are not used to them.

Little Moe uses this catch to blast 1.5 pulses per second in every direction and delinks the DNA of the organism and fuses it together, in effect killing it. The robot does not use any form of chemicals or other substances apart from light rays, making it safe for humans.

The only risk is to the human eye which is why the robot is placed in an empty room and left to clean it without human interaction.

The 150 pounds robot has an extendable 62 inch neck which houses the bulb elements that release the pulses. Xenex assures that the UV rays blasted by the robot do not pass through windows, walls and safety glass used in hospitals making them cafe for widespread automated use.

Source: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/technology/story/xenexs-little-moe-robot-kills-ebola-virus/1/394122.html
 

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