If you’ve given up on life to the extent that wiping your own iPad or iPhone screen is simply too much effort, you’ll be happy to hear that there’s now a robot dedicated to just that task. Called the AutoMee S, it’s similar in appearance to one of iRobot’s Roomba floor-cleaning automatons, although obviously much smaller. Coming to Japan on March 28 from toy maven Takara Tomy, it’s also considerably cheaper.

Costing 1,575 yen (US$17), the AutoMee is a mere 2.75 inches across and runs on one AA battery. The miniscule bot’s underside is adorned with two motorized, replaceable cleaning discs, so it’s not simply dragging a cleaning cloth around and it’s “smart” enough to recognize the edges of your device and do an about-face so as not to drive off.

Its novelty cleaning process takes about eight minutes for an iPad, or approximately seven minutes and 55 seconds longer than an old-fashioned cloth. Then again, you’ll have more time to spend doing something more important, like pondering how your life got to this point.

[Via Engadget]

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