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The First Fully Antibacterial Smartphone Announced

Bullitt Group, the global licensee for Cat® phones, today announced that the Cat S42 has been enhanced by advanced antimicrobial product protection, making it the first anti-bacterial phone. Every exterior component of the product has been treated with Biomaster® antimicrobial technology and tested to ISO 22196.

Based on the inclusion of silver ions during manufacturing, the process creates a permanent level of product protection, inhibiting the growth of microbes on the phone surface and therefore reducing microbial levels on the surface.

The S42 can be cleaned with soap and water
The S42 can be cleaned with soap and water

Research shows that our phones are home to thousands of germs, with a University of Michigan study1 finding in excess of 17,000 bacteria on handsets. We interact with our mobile devices many times a day – around 47 times, on average, according to research from Deloitte2. Mobile phones are handled and pressed to our faces, meaning that any bacteria or other microorganisms can easily transfer back and forth between the hard surfaces of your phone and your skin.

Bacteria found on mobile phone, SEM
Bacteria found on mobile phone. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of bacteria cultured from a mobile phone.

The Biomaster active antimicrobial agent is proven to inhibit bacteria cells from replicating. In testing, a reduction of over 80% within 15 minutes was shown and 99.9% within 24 hours. Combined with the existing Cat phone rugged credentials that ensure the device can be thoroughly and regularly washed with soaps and water, sanitisers, and even bleach, the Cat S42 represents the next generation of hygienic product protection in smartphone design.

Bacteria found on mobile phone, SEM
Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of bacteria cultured from a mobile phone.

“Throughout 2020 we have consistently been driving awareness of the importance of mobile hygiene for us all, but this is vital for those among our customers working within a health or social care setting, and those visiting multiple sites for their job,” said Peter Cunningham, VP Product Portfolio at Bullitt Group. “Using a Cat phone already allows them to have confidence that they can wash and sanitise their Cat phone regularly or between visits. The addition of antimicrobial product protection into the Cat S42 is another first for Cat phones, and will make the Cat S42 safer for users – such an important feature in the current climate.”

The Biomaster-treated Cat S42 will be available from early 2021, with the treatment coming to other devices in the Cat phones range later in the year.

The CAT S42 Can be washed under a tap
The CAT S42 Can be washed under a tap

Tested to Cat phones’ demanding rugged standards, the Cat S42 features MIL SPEC 810H and IP68 and IP69 ratings, and surpasses our rigourous and repeated drop testing from 1.8m onto steel, including multiple drops onto every side and corner. It’s fully waterproof, tested submerged in water at depths up to 1.5m for 35 minutes. Like all Cat smartphones in the range, it is also put through vibration and tumble tests, salt mist conditions, and it’s built to operate in high and low extremes of temperature and to survive thermal shocks. Take it with you anywhere and everywhere. It’s built tough to help you thrive in challenging outdoor work situations and extreme leisure pursuits alike.

The CAT S42 Can be washed under a tap
The CAT S42 Can be washed under a tap

The Cat S42 smartphone has an MSRP of £229 / €249. The S42 with antimicrobial protection will be available in early 2021. For more information visit www.catphones.com.

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Kebao Air 3: Game-Changing air purification comes to the UK

Poor air quality has become one of the largest environmental risks to the health of people of the United Kingdom and with the Coronavirus Pandemic, it has become more important than ever that we breathe healthy air that is free from harmful particles and unpleasant viruses.

So, it was incredibly timely that I was recently contacted by Kebao to test their new ‘filterless’ air purifier, namely the Kebao Air 3.

The Air 3 combines sleek design with cutting edge technology, which in turn completely eliminates 99.99% of airborne pollutants, viruses, bacteria and allergens and consequently provides ‘Surgical Grade’ air and deodorisation.

Instead of using standard High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters that can capture particulate matter of 0.3 microns or larger with 99.95% efficiency (a human hair is between 17 and 181 microns), the Kebao Air 3 is capable of eliminating particles down to a size of 0.01 microns. This is a big deal because COVID19 particles are around 0.12 microns in size, small enough to pass through a HEPA filter, but the too big to pass through the Air 3!

Kebao Air 3 is now available on Amazon
Kebao Air 3 – now available to buy on Amazon

The Kebao Air 3 does this using a brand-new type of 5-stage filtration. Stage 1 is a pre-filter which removes larger particles from the air and can be cleaned and reused for the lifetime of the product. Stage 2 uses a high-voltage negative charge to deactivate viruses and bacteria and retains the debris on charged plates stopping re-release. Stage 3 using a mind-blowing ‘Photocatalytic Oxidisation’ based on Albert Einstein’s ‘Photon Energy’. UV light initiates a stepwise free radical decomposition of organic compounds, which produces water and carbon dioxide as a by-product. The Air 3 has 48 LED bulbs and a Ti02 alumina ceramic photocatalytic ozone-free filter. Stage 4 uses 4kg of loose granulated carbon, impregnated with amines which absorb and decomposes any harmful gasses. Stage 5 Surgical grade, deodorised air is circulated through you room clear of 99.99% of harmful particulates!

The display shows PM2.5 and TVOC readings
The display shows PM2.5 and TVOC readings!

The display shows air quality in two readings, the first two numbers are the temperature and humidity, the second set is PM2.5 and TVOC readings. PM2.5 is a measure of the number of particles less than 2.5 microns in size and are caused by burning fuel, chemical reactions and forest fires. PM2.5 particles are very unhealthy, causing eye, nose and throat irritations, coughing, sneezing and shortness of breath. They can also cause asthma, chronic bronchitis and heart disease. In the UK, air must remain below 25, the WHO recommends below 10, London’s average is 10, my house is currently 1 after having the Air 3 running for over a week!

The second setting is TVOC (Total Volatile Organic Compound) which is another way of measuring air quality, again this was negligible at 0.02 after a week of running.

The Kebao Air 3 is both sleek and quiet
The Kebao Air 3 is both sleek and quiet

All of this amazing technology comes at a price. The unit is aimed at commercial enterprises who want to keep their staff and customers safe, so it would suit a restaurant or office space as it is actively cleaning the air the whole time. The price of £1680 reflects a premium commercial product, but I can honestly see it becoming something of a norm in the UK especially due to the current crisis!

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ROIDMI launches RS60 cordless vacuum cleaner with antiviral technology

Pioneering cordless vacuum cleaner brand, ROIDMI, has launched a powerful flagship cordless vacuum cleaner with proven antiviral/antibacterial technology and a wealth of class-leading features. The RS60 builds on the multi-award winning X20, retaining Scandinavian inspired design and innovative clip-on water tank for simultaneous vacuuming and wet-wiping on hard floors, while adding more power, longer run times and 6-layer micro-particle filtration to capture 99.9% of pollen and dust particles.

It’s colour OLED display shows functions such as power level, battery remaining, filter alerts and even calories burned while cleaning. These features are backed up with a high-power 120000rpm digital motor, automatic headlights on the main floorhead, smart features via a Bluetooth connected app, and the unique aesthetic with its 270-degrees handle that has already secured ROIDMI six International Design Awards.

RS60 Dustbin
RS60 Dustbin

Antiviral technology

The RS60 adds a patented ZiWei Novoron ION antibacterial sterilising system within the brush roller, dust separator and filter system to help eliminate bacteria and other biological pathogens on contact. ZiWei technology is a joint venture between ROIDMI Labs and two Japanese tech-giants, Toagosei and Toray, and is the result of three years of research and development.

The technology builds on the proven antimicrobial and antiviral properties of silver ion nanoparticles (NCBI white paper) that the trio of companies has developed into a long-lasting surface treatment for the vital air-contact points of the RS60 cleaner. The final stage filter is a Toray H11 filter cartridge, more commonly used in home air purifiers, extensively treated with the Novoron ION antibacterial technology. The result is exceptionally clean exhaust air that has passed through multiple stages of antimicrobial treatment and filtration to improve the quality of the air around the home.

RS60 Vacuum
RS60 Vacuum

Hygienic clean

For homes with hard floors, the RS60’s magnetic clip-on water tank and wet mopping attachment have been upgraded to improve capillary wetting action, and an Ionic antibacterial coating now reduces potential mould growth in the reservoir tank when stored. The system magnetically clips onto the RS60 floorhead, allowing you to vacuum and wet-wipe with its microfibre cloth in one action – halving the time it takes to clean tiles, laminates, marble and vinyl floor coverings.

Answering customer feedback from the X20, the new ROIDMI multi-surface roller brush has been designed to clean all floor types without swapping brush rollers between carpets and hard floors. The soft textile surface of the roller along with the V-shaped brush fibres offer 30% higher pick-up rate than traditional brushes, as well as being quieter to use and gentler on hard floor surfaces. The floorhead has been designed to comb the roller brush as it cleans, ensuring pet and human hairs are drawn into the bin and do not get tangled around the brush. The roller material has Nanoscale Hydrophobic fibres that resist water and stains, even when you are using the wet mop attachment.

ROIDMI RS60 Handle
ROIDMI RS60 Handle

Light and long-lasting

The RS60 is extremely lightweight at just 2,7kg and can be used as a stick cleaner, handheld vacuum or with its flexible hose and selection of tools to clean every corner of your home. The powered mini-brush / mattress brush tool is ideal for carpeted stairs, upholstery and beds, with its concentrated suction and high-speed brush roller designed to effectively lift dust, dust mites and pet dander from soft surfaces. The Air-X 2.0 8-cyclone dust separation system and 6-layer filtration system ensures these particles are captured in the bin and not blown back into your room. The 0.55l bin offers one-touch emptying to minimise dust exposure from start to finish.

ROIDMI’S largest capacity BMS-X battery system is standard on the RS60, delivering over an hour of cleaning (70 minutes) on a single charge. The high-power mode offers 40 minutes runtime and the Max mode over 10 minutes of cleaning at a potent 150W / 26500Pa suction pressure. The BMS-X battery uses premium LG and Samsung cells, allowing ROIDMI to offer an exceptional two-year battery warranty.

ROIDMI RS60
ROIDMI RS60

Accessories, guarantee, availability

The wall-mounted magnetic dock is a neat addition to the RS60, combining simple charging with a sophisticated storage system. The dock comes with a peel-back sticky pad or can be mounted to tricker surfaces with screw fixings as required. Each RS60 comes supplied with a selection of tools and accessories including the main floorhead and magnetic detachable water tank module, powered mini brush tool (mattress brush), crevice tool, dusting brush, extension tube, extension hose and pet brush. The machine is complete with washable microfibre pad for wet cleaning, washable filters and a floorhead cleaning brush.

The RS60 has an SRP of £579.99 and come with a five-year motor guarantee as standard, with a two-year warranty on the battery. The ROIDMI RS60 is available now from Harrods, Selfridges, Amazon and Euronics independent retailers