Portable UV light aims to revolutionise parenting

Ellie is able, Rayvio claims, to eradicate 99.9 percent of germs on an item in just sixty seconds.

In response to the growing awareness of the effectiveness of UV light at killing germs, American company Rayvio is developing a portable and digital UV source that can be used to, among other things, sterilise baby’s bottles to prevent contagious illness in youngsters. 

The product, which is called Ellie, uses TruViolet technology, which is able to eradicate 99.9 percent of germs on an item in just sixty seconds, without having to use mercury or any harsh chemicals.

TruViolet is a semiconductor light source technology that can be used to disinfect water and hospital instruments and can also be used to treat infected skin.

The effectiveness of UV light at killing germs is becoming increasingly apparent. A recent study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania found that using ultraviolet C light to clean hospital rooms reduced the number of infections among hematology-oncology patients by 25 percent.

A recent study found that using ultraviolet C light to clean hospital rooms reduced the number of infections by 25 percent.

It is also conceivable that, due to the devices portable nature, Ellie could be used in third world countries, where infant illness caused by bacteria is much more difficult to treat once infection takes hold.

The technology is not yet available to buy in stores, but you can help with its development on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.

Making UV light treatment mobile is something that is garnering more and more traction in other areas too.

Cleanty, which is currently available on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, is a mobile UVC light source that is able to quickly sterilize objects.

The miniature device, which is about the size of a tube of lipstick, can be quickly passed over objects such as cellphones, utensils and shoes. The device was created in response to the outbreak of MERS disease in Korea in the hopes of reducing the levels of infection.

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