In early September, we featured a gadget that alerts hospital patients whether or not their healthcare providers hands are germ-free. BioVigil’s intention was to reduce the spread of hospital associated infections (HAIs) and encourage hand-washing hygiene in a simple manner. Now let’s take that concept a step further. Meet “Moe,” “Gigi” and “Neil,” germ-fighting machines that resemble R2-D2 from Star Wars, that blast ultraviolet (UVC) pulses of light in any area of the room. Created by Xenex™, a Texas-based company specializing in the disinfection of healthcare facilities, these robots can annihilate the ebola virus by damaging its viral DNA. Although ultraviolet technology isn’t new to fighting infectious surfaces, Xenex robots have better speed and strength in the disinfection process, and they use a patented mercury-free (xenon) light technology solution.
Moe, Gigi and Neil are named when the machines are assembled in the factory to distinguish them from each other. “Shelby,” “Lacy,” “Lisa” and “Ray” are among the many others. Could these modern-day robot-heroes save us from the evils of ebola? It’s certainly a possibility. Dr. Mark Stibich said these robots can rid a hospital room of germs in 5 minutes and destroy Ebola on any surface in 2 minutes. The company has established new CDC protocols that now include the disinfection process for the protective gear worn when treating patients. Check out the resources we’ve curated for you below to learn more.
Invention: Xenex™ Germ-Zapping Robots™
Inventors: Mark Stibich
Capability: Robotic machines that destroy surface bacteria and viruses through ultra violet, mercury-free (xenon) light technology.
Recent Successes: Xenex robots are widely used and gaining much media attention due to the recent ebola threat. Currently, the company has established new protocols in line with the CDC to prevent the spread of ebola.