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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Mar 25 2017
$2,607
pledged of $40,000pledged of $40,000 goal
27
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Mar 25 2017

About

Our faces carry wide variety of bacteria, viruses and fungi. We exchange them when sharing a VR headsets, even easier than with makeup brushes, which provenly cause cross-contamination and various infections. Some of the possible infections are cold sores, pink eye or conjunctivitis, strep throat, and Staphylococcal skin and eye infection, various types of rash, but also influenza and meningitis, which could be contracted if wearing a VR headset after an infected person. In addition, we also touch our faces and headset face cushions with our hands, which carry even wider variety of harmful bacteria.

for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift
for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

 

How does the VR Sanitizer work?

VR Sanitizer uses UV-C light to sanitize your VR headset. This is known as germicidal irradiation and is used in operating rooms as one of the ways to sanitize surgical instruments between procedures. The most effective wavelength of 254nm kills or inactivates microorganisms by destroying nucleic acids and disrupting their DNA leading to their death.

The VR Sanitizer also uses built-in fan to remove moisture and dry out the VR headset's face-cushion to further inhibit bacterial and mold growth, and to remove loose micro-particles.

Simple and Convenient

After using a headset, simply place it on the VR Sanitizer. After several seconds of disinfecting, the device will turn off. You do not have to remove the headset, as it also serves as a convenient wall mounted headset holder.

VR Sanitizer for Oculus Rift CV1
VR Sanitizer for Oculus Rift CV1

 

VR Sanitizer for HTC Vive
VR Sanitizer for HTC Vive

Why do we need it?

You have been probably told sometimes in your life not to touch your eyes or put hands in your mouth. That is because these areas, along with your nose are very sensitive to infections. These infections can be very serious, for example, methicillin-resistant strain of S. aureus (MRSA) eye infections can lead to blindness, but it takes less than 10 seconds to kill it (99.5% kill rate) with UV-C 254nm light.

Device Safety

UV-C radiation is the light with ~254nm wavelength and is outside of range of wavelengths we can see. Given the low lamp strength it is only damaging DNA of transparent microorganisms at a short distance. VR Sanitizer irradiates only for a few seconds once you place the VR headset on the VR Sanitizer, and if you remove it before it completes the cycle, it will turn off the UV-C lamp before you can look at it. The UV-C lamp irradiates only the foam face cushion of the VR Headset. Even though strong UV light can damage some plastics, the UV-C lamp on the VR Sanitizer is low intensity and active only for a few seconds, enough to inactivate the microorganisms but not damage the foam (Face cushion is replaceable; regular use of UV Sanitizer will not significantly reduce lifespan of the face cushion, unlike alcohol wipes). Other areas of the headset are not irradiated with the UV-C light.

Risks and challenges

UV-C radiation provenly kills microorganisms but one of the first challenges is to get the right dosage by conducting lab tests, and finding the optimal way of delivering it to the affected areas of the VR headset. This is a working prototype but some improvements are still required before mass production. Since UV-C radiation does not pass through even transparent materials, we also need to improve the VR Sanitizer design for the highest efficacy.

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