I went to the website and noticed that they don't refer to their device as a robot. It's portable (on casters). It senses when a person enters a room and knows to shut off the UV beam. Various articles started to refer to it as a robot and I'm wondering who planted that seed. I wouldn't call it a robot, but a portable device with a safety shutoff feature. When does a machine become a robot? That's a question which probably has caused much debate. Why is this Xenex UV zapper a robot?
It's noteworthy that the Xenex is cofounded by Brian Cruver who was an energy trader for Enron. Now he wants to do good.
Interesting, I noticed the same thing. I think they originally started calling themselves a robot, and have more recently backed off that. To me their UV technology would be ENHANCED, by an iRobot platform that would allow it to autonomously move around the room!!! Also, would think that should make the unit even MORE effective for the hospitals.
Hospitals are buying it for what it is, and it appears to be effective at disinfecting hospital rooms. THIS IS A HUGE AND EXPENSIVE problem for hospitals. Would love to see iRobot and Xenex partner, to create an optimal solution.
From their website
"The Xenex system is the fastest, safest, and most cost-effective way to automate room disinfection and increase patient safety — and is proven to be 20 times more effective than standard chemical cleaning. The Xenex system is the world’s only UV disinfection technology to result in a facility-wide decrease in C. difficileinfection rates."