Philips SpeechMike loathes bacteria and other nasties

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I still clearly remember Jack Nicholson’s character in the Oscar winning movie – “As Good As It Gets”, where he clearly suffered from an obsessive compulsive disorder, keeping his hands clean at possible at all times as though the whole world is perpetually unclean. Well, just in case you feel that you need to be far cleaner than the rest of the world, Philips has just the thing for you if you so happen to also record all your thoughts on a voice recorder. We are talking about the Philips SpeechMike which will in all probability have the healthcare industry as its primary target market.

Hospitals must be clean and sterile at all times since already sick people head there, and it makes sense to keep the place as clean as possible so that those poor folks don’t get any sicker. Well, some bacteria end up being more and more resistant against a bunch of antibiotics and disinfectants, so it always pays to nip the problem in the bud early on. The Philips SpeechMike would suit doctors with a fetish for cleanliness, as it sports a special antimicrobial surface – making it the only dictation microphone on the market to do so.

Philips stresses that the antimicrobial effect of the SpeechMike is not achieved through a simple coating that can be wiped away using cleaning detergents, but rather, it is based on an additive agent that has been directly added to the housing material. Touted to guard against all kinds of germs, this unique antibacterial media will work exclusively against bacteria, while antimicrobial materials work against a wide range of different microorganisms such as bacteria (e.g. pneumococcal bacilli and multiresistant microorganisms such as MRSA), viruses (e.g. HIV, influenza, etc.), fungi (e.g. Aspergillus niger), or algae.

Philips claims that such an antimicrobial effect on the SpeechMike is able to last for up to 5 years at least, and initial studies on the effect of the antimicrobial additive in the SpeechMike housing parts do point towards a high rate of success in eliminating 99.9% of E. coli and M. luteus bacteria as well as 98.4% of Staphylococcus aureus. Guess all those nasty microorganisms don’t stand much of a chance now – and the good doctor would bode well to brush his/her teeth well too, since bacteria tend to reside in between our teeth, gums and on our tongues.

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