Your Hotel Room Is Probably FILTHY, So You Better Pack This Handy Tool

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Germs beware: the robots are coming.

It’s common to become ill while traveling. When you’re out exploring the world, you’re also coming into contact with a whole lot of bacteria. It’s everywhere. On the plane, on those germy tourist attractions, and, most disgustingly, in your hotel room. However, one U.S.-based company would like to remedy this.

Meet the CleanseBot, a compact gliding disc robot designed to disinfect hotel rooms via UV-C light, which will sanitize just about any surface–bathroom fixtures, electronics, fabric, beds, chairs, everything, you name it.

The dirtiest places in hotel rooms are usually hard surfaces commonly touched by a lot of people. Toilets and bathrooms, naturally, are two of the highest-risk areas, with high levels of microbial organisms, but light switches and television remotes have tested high in bacterial contamination, too.

But what about your bed? Despite the fact that hotel sheets are supposed to be washed after every guest, one investigation shows that it was only done one-third of the time. That said, your hotel sheets are more likely to have been washed than, say, blankets and bedspreads, which sometimes are washed in less frequent increments.

The CleanseBot, which looks like a baby Roomba, can disinfect it all. The handheld mode allows you to disinfect a TV remote (or your iPhone), but more impressively, the “under blanket” mode will clean between the sheets of your hotel bed. The sensors work to keep it from falling off and also make it possible for the little guy to move under heavier blankets with ease.

This robot, which looks like a portable CD player that gained sentience, weighs less than a pound and was created by Ventur Studio, who claims that the CleansBot has the ability to sanitize and disinfect up to six times (six different surfaces) on a one-hour charge. The company also states it takes somewhere between 30-60 minutes to do so. They are currently listed on Kickstarter for a sale price of $99–for now. Soon, this little moving robot disc will jump to its actual price of $259.