Overkill, Thy Name Is This Tiny, Tablet-Cleaning, Roomba-Like Robot

We all hate using a smartphone or tablet when the screen's covered in greasy fingerprints. But it's a situation that's easy to solve with nothing but a shirt sleeve, or if you're particularly anal, a microfiber cloth. What the world doesn't need is a tiny Roomba-like cleaning device designed specifically for cleaning fingerprints, but apparently Takara Tomy didn't get that memo.

The company's new Auto Mee S will be available in Japan on March 28, and uses a pair of rotating cleaning pads on the underside to rid a display of dust and fingerprints. A set of three wheels let it roam all over a tablet or smartphone screen, while sensors cause it to change direction when it reaches the edge. It can clean a smartphone display in just four minutes, a tablet in eight, and is thankfully priced at a reasonable $17 in your choice of four different colors.

Overkill, Thy Name Is This Tiny, Tablet-Cleaning, Roomba-Like Robot

[Takara Tomy via Akihabara News]