UVette is a sterilizing pocket emptyer that uses UV rays to sanitize everyday objects such as keys, coins and small electronic devices.
How to sterilize everyday objects? Can keys, coins, banknotes and wallets be disinfected to limit the risk of infection with Covid-19? These questions are very common these days and maybe (finally) an answer has been found: UVette. It is a pocket emptyer equipped with a UVC lamp that can eliminate viruses and bacteria. The project was developed by the Medaarch team, a consulting, training, research and design company specializing in digital fabrication technologies. UVette’s inspiration comes from a study conducted at Columbia University’s Center for Radiological Research. Researchers at the American university have shown that continuous-emission, low-ar-UVC lamps can decontaminate everyday objects in seconds and in complete safety for humans.
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UVette: the sterilizing pocket emptyer
The design of the UVette is very similar to that of a lamp or an ordinary pocket emptyer with a lid. The lower part is made of coloured aluminium and serves as a container. The upper part is made of tempered glass and houses a UVC lamp. The objects to be sterilized (coins, keys, banknotes but also smartphones and small electronic devices) must be inserted in the lower part. A motion sensor placed on the upper shell automatically opens the emptying pocket when you approach: in this way, you can use UVette without touching the lid and risk contaminating it. The sterilisation process starts automatically when the lamp is closed. It only takes a few minutes to sanitize the objects inside the UVette: a LED light automatically lights up at the end of the operation. The sterilizing pocket emptyer is for now only a prototype but most likely objects of this kind will become common use in the coming months.
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