Robots have gone from the stuff of science fiction to overpriced toys, to… rather cheap toys designed to perform menial tasks that you don’t have time for — like cleaning your phone or tablet screen.
Japan’s Takara Tomy has introduced a $17 Roomba-like robot designed to slide around the display of your phone or tablet until it’s shiny as new. It’s called the Auto Mee S, and it’s kind of awesome and kind of ridiculous.
The awesome part is that it’s a $17 robot that actually does something kind of useful. The ridiculous part is that there’s almost no way it actually saves you any time: It takes up to 4 minutes to clean a phone screen and 8 minutes to clean a tablet. You could do the same thing with a microfiber cloth and a few seconds to spare.
The Auto Mee S runs for up to 3 hours on a AA battery and it can detect the edges of your device to keep from falling off a 0.5 inch cliff.
It should launch on March 28th in Japan.