Apple Explores Self-Cleaning Tech So iPhones Might One Day Sterilize Themselves
By Thanussha Priyah, 04 Aug 2020
Image via DenPhotos / Shutterstock.com
Apple has been looking into a system to have its products do their own cleaning using heat and light.
According to AppleInsider, the tech juggernaut is attempting to patent a system “to decompose organic contaminants inside product housing or near sensor packing,” while restoring a clean environment for reading the environmental sensors. The framework proposed involves the use of ultraviolet (UV) light,.
Apple described that the sensors in an Apple Watch or an iPhone can deploy ozone generated through UV light to clear out, erode, and decompose “unwanted organic compounds” in the device.
“The UV light rays can initiate a photo-oxidation process, which results in decomposition of squalene,” the patent details.
“Upon reaction with UV light, squalene, shown with its chemical formula, is decomposed into three byproducts… that may not be hazardous to environmental sensors.”
Boom!— Brian Roemmele (@BrianRoemmele) July 30, 2020
Apple goes all in on Far UV decontamination systems with Apple devices.
“wireless communication device can benefit from the disclosed photo-oxidation removal of organic contamination using a UV light source”
Clients knew about Far UV a while ago.https://t.co/yNLCwZ29XY pic.twitter.com/CR6Gs7GF4K
[via Apple Insider, cover image via DenPhotos / Shutterstock.com]
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