AIM-listed Immotion Group, a UK-based immersive VR entertainment group has launched of a range of proprietary UV anti-bacterial cleaning cabinets, under the Uvisan brand. 

As a direct response to the COVID-19 crisis the company had designed and exclusively manufactured a range of proprietary UV disinfectant cabinets.

The new product was originally designed for the sole purpose of cleansing VR headsets for its larger partner locations, predominantly Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas.

The firm said since the announcement of the cabinets last week it has received numerous external commercial enquiries and has decided to sell the cabinets to third party companies under the Uvisan name.

Uvisan reports that last week it sold 10 cabinets, including four cabinets to Chichester University, who have purchased the cabinets to protect sensitive equipment against COVID-19 infection.

The University approached Uvisan as they quickly realised multimedia equipment such as microphones, laptops and speakers cannot be treated with traditional solution-based alcohol cleaning materials, and as such they needed a proven solution for this problem.

Chichester is the first University to be supplied by Uvisan, but the firm said it is starting to see enquiries from other academic faculties.

The Uvisan cabinet will provide Chichester University with medical-grade light spectrum cabinets that have been proven to kill 99.9% of all pathogens including virus and bacteria, removing the need for alcohol and solution based products that could harm sensitive technology.

The company has tested the cabinets on a variety of equipment, including Motion capture suit components, Microphones, Keyboards, Cameras, PC peripherals, Headphones and VR headsets. It reports the cabinets can hold up to 100 Phones, 50 Tablets or 30 VR headsets.

Due to demand a UV clothing cabinet has now been designed with a view to supplying sectors where the cleansing of uniforms, and staff clothing is essential.

The Uvisan process works by harnessing ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI), which is a disinfection method that uses short-wavelength ultraviolet (ultraviolet C or UVC) light to kill or inactivate micro-organisms by destroying nucleic acids and disrupting their DNA,  leaving them unable to perform vital cellular functions. UVGI is used in a variety of applications, such as food, air, and water purification.

Arek Antoniak, Operations Director at Immotion said: “When the pandemic hit we knew we had to find a solution for our larger VR Partners, our team set about designing a cabinet from scratch and within weeks had created and built the Uvisan range. All the cabinets have undergone extensive clinical testing and are proven to kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses in a matter of minutes.”

“The Uvisan solution is ideal for Universities, Schools, TV Studios and effectively any organisation where the use of a solution based cleansing method is not acceptable. We know many organisations need a guarantee that the equipment their staff and customers are using is safe – Uvisan can provide this level of comfort.”

Rod Matthews from Chichester University added: “Our students can expect to have hands-on experience of high-tech equipment across our entire curriculum, and especially in our innovative eSports, eGames Design, Animation and Film Production facilities. In our state of the art Tech-Park, students get to use high-end industry filming equipment such as motion capture, as well our extensive bespoke computer labs to create and edit films, audio, animation to industry production standards.”

“We needed a solution that was easy to use and would eradicate bacteria without damaging the sensitive equipment used by our colleagues and students. The Uvisan cabinet was the perfect proven solution allowing us to clean all our equipment in a simple and quick cleaning cycle.”