Re: germ zapping robots
I saw this robot in action at a Florida hospital and it is truly impressive to see. In traditional settings, a janitor cleans a hospital room using bleach or other caustic solution. The robot uses light to destroy myriad biological matter, leaving a faint "clean" scent but none of the nasty smells associated with harsh cleaning fluids. Also, it can be used to clean electronics such as phones, television reemotes, medical equipment, beds, and blinds, where germs lurk. It doesn't necessarily put maintenance staff out of work; these teams are responsible for moving the robots (which don't wheel themselves around) and setting up the simple controls for timing.