Raise your hand if you like robots. Ok, now raise your hand if you hate cleaning the fingerprints and debris off of your iPhone and iPad screens. Wouldn’t it be cool if there was a product out there that combined these two things?

Believe it or not, there is. Meet the Automee S, a tiny, round, Roomba-like robot that’s built to automatically clean the screen of your smartphone or tablet in a matter of minutes. We’ve got a video of it in action after the fold…

The Automee measures in at 67x73x38mm and weighs 82 grams. It’s powered by a single AA battery that can last up to three hours, with each iPhone cleaning averaging about 4 minutes long, and each iPad cleaning double that.

It has three tires for maneuvering, and two made of paper that handle the cleaning responsibilities. And like the Roomba, the Automee is equipped with sensors that prevents it from falling off your device, and ensures it cleans evenly.

It looks like the robot is targeted at iOS devices, but I imagine it works on most smartphones and tablets. If you’re interested, the Automee S will come in a variety of colors, and is slated to launch in Japan on March 28 for roughly $17.

What do you think of the Automee? Cool or creepy?

  • When I saw the link I thought about a little cute robot that climbs your screen and clean it… That’d be something.

    • In that case, I would have definetly got one for my HDTV!

  • That looks pretty awesome. Its a wall-e that cleans your screen

  • Lol, a simple $2 lens cleaning pen from Walmart would do the job in a matter of seconds.

  • blu

    Really? it takes me maybe 10 seconds and costs me nothing to rub my screen on my shirt and it is like new.

    • jgr627

      U might as well save even more time n save more money by not cleaning period

      • Tr1pTr0p

        How could spending $17 (and 230 more seconds) on something that can be easily done for free SAVE you money (and time)?

      • Falk M.

        That’s not his point

      • Tr1pTr0p

        And what is?

      • Falk M.

        He has stated it very clearly. You read too much into it 🙂

        His point is NOT to save the money for the device, instead, he doesn’t clean “period”.

        Yes, messy screen, but that’s his point.

        I, myself think that’s unbearable, but that seems to be his point.
        If I missed something, he or she (for all we know it could be a she) can clear that up for us.

        I think the device is nice, for a novelty item, and rather unexpectedly cheap, or well… “not overpriced”, let’s call it that way.
        The price is fair, although I agree with blu that it’s better done by yourself with a cloth. Simples 🙂

      • jgr627

        Lol I’m a dude not a female n my point is that blu (male or female) is cheap n cleaning such a precious device with a t-shirt is tacky……n if ur that cheap to invest in a item to clean ur device u shouldn’t have bought that device in the 1st place

      • Falk M.

        Jerky undertone aside, I’d agree, however, little point in spending money on something that’s totally unnecessary.

        You can spend money on something expensive and expect to not spend a lot on something to clean it with.
        Whilst I’d agree the device isn’t expensive for what it is, for the purpose it is though, because it’s faster and cheaper to clean it with an appropriate cloth.
        T-shirt method is tacky, indeed, although with a protector on it’s still a passable method I think for when you have nothing better at hand.

      • Tr1pTr0p

        You’re not making any sense. Because the device is “precious”, I’m obligated to spend (waste) money on useless devices such as this one, otherwise I’m cheap and shouldn’t have bought it in the first place??? To be honest, I feel as if chances are higher for those brushes to scratch your device, than a regular shirt, which is often made from the same material as all the regular cleaning cloths.

        And, “dude”, it would be a good idea if you could work on your spelling. A lot.

      • jgr627

        Lol aight my dude I’m work on that spelling problem and you work on that tacky t-shirt problem you have

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  • Pretty kool concept but a bit OTT for something I can do in seconds with a £0.50 cloth

    • Falk M.

      Go to an optician, they’ll give you a free cloth possibly, because theirs are branded and you’re running their ad for free.

  • I love Nippon!

  • Dan

    only in Japan

    • JamesR624

      Probably because they have a functioning economy so people can afford to throw money away like this.

      • Falk M.

        Functioning economy? I have bad news for ya…

      • Dan

        What’s the point if you have a low quality of life

  • Love it… For the novelity of it..yes I can clean my iDevice quicker and cheaper but this is just fun..

  • Looks like something that would come with a mcdonalds happy meal

  • Liam Mulcahy

    Cool but I have a case on my iPod all the time and my iPod is not dirty so I have no use for it

  • luckyarcher

    yeah this is great stuff, I can keep jerking it when this thing cleans my ipad. I dont wanna waste no time while jerking it.

  • sambuzzlight

    umm use one of those cloth that comes with screen protector and clean it with your HANDS in 5 seconds? but still pretty cool and cheap

  • JaeM1llz

    Hmmmm $17 and 4 minutes, or $2 for a microfiber cloth and 10 seconds of time….. Tough choice.

  • Eldaria

    “and two made of paper that handle the cleaning”,

    Well if you want scratches go ahead and use this. Paper is made from wood, and has quite rough fibers. Anyone with glasses know not to use paper to clean their glasses, (Or should know) as it creates tiny scratches in the glass, that over time will make the glass dull, and less transparent.

  • Thomas Gehman

    I just use Windex and a paper towel…

  • Patrick

    This thinks is more useful in a MacBook screen