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Auto Mee S mini robot cleans your tablet so you don't have to

Auto Mee S mini robot cleans y...
Takara Tomy's Auto Mee S can clean a tablet screen in about 8 minutes
Takara Tomy's Auto Mee S can clean a tablet screen in about 8 minutes
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Takara Tomy's Auto Mee S can clean a tablet screen in about 8 minutes
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Takara Tomy's Auto Mee S can clean a tablet screen in about 8 minutes
Takara Tomy's miniature "robot" cleaner costs about fifteen bucks and runs on one AA battery
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Takara Tomy's miniature "robot" cleaner costs about fifteen bucks and runs on one AA battery
The Auto Mee S has two cleaning pads which it uses to wipe away fingerprints and dust
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The Auto Mee S has two cleaning pads which it uses to wipe away fingerprints and dust
The Auto Mee S comes in four colors: white, pink, orange, and blue
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The Auto Mee S comes in four colors: white, pink, orange, and blue
Takara Tomy released the world's first robot vacuum cleaner, the SO-G or Dustbot, in 1986
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Takara Tomy released the world's first robot vacuum cleaner, the SO-G or Dustbot, in 1986

Japanese toy giant Takara Tomy has unveiled what could be the ultimate unnecessary accessory for your tablet or smartphone – a mini Roomba-like cleaning "robot" called the Auto Mee S. The gadget features two rotating cleaning pads which can clear away greasy fingerprints and annoying dust particles, and it's smart enough to automatically turn around when it reaches the edge of your device.

Back in 1986, the company sold a cleaning robot called the SO-G, or Dustbot (not to be confused with this Italian robot), that would push a little broom around and actually vacuumed to clean up your floors. It was too small and slow to really clean a room, but it made up for that with its cute appearance.

Likewise, Takara Tomy claims the Auto Mee S, measuring just 2.75 inches (7 cm) in diameter, will clean a smartphone in about four minutes or a tablet in eight minutes ... which would only take a couple of seconds if done by hand.

Set to hit Japanese stores in late March, the Auto Mee S comes in white, pink, orange, and blue and will cost ¥1,575 (US$16.85). It runs on a single AA battery (not included).

Source: Takara Tomy (Japanese) via Akihabara News

7 comments
John Parkes
why not one for your windows?...i don't mind doing the tablet...
Daishi
Oddly, I love it
Rt1583
Finally! Something to alieviate the hours of drudgery spent cleaning my tablet screen every day.
Daniel Moreno
Not a bad price considering the cost of some other equally useless tablet accessories.
Rustgecko
This product is the ultimate waste of space solving a problem that a handkerchief does at a fraction of the cost. Sales forecast outside of Japan: zero. The next biggest waste of space is the article itself, and the third is my comment on it.
VirtualGathis
@John Hemingway Parkes - They have several out for windows. They are mostly geared toward high rise windows but some should work on house or car windows... Here are two from Gizmags simmilar articles below: http://www.gizmag.com/windoro-window-cleaning-robot/16436/ http://www.gizmag.com/winbot-7/25757/
Stradric
Ha, that's funny, but completely impractical in every way.