Thursday, July 14, 2005

Commercial applications of nanotechnology:
Hitachi Home & Life Solutions Inc. has released new washing machine models that can deodorize clothes without using water or detergent.

The Beat Wash models are equipped with a filter incorporating as a catalyst titanium particles with an average diameter of 5 nanometers, 200 times smaller than conventional catalyst particles. A nanometer is a billionth of a meter.

The Hitachi Ltd. subsidiary says the nano-titanium catalyst filter can catch odor molecules that pass through a conventional catalyst filter.

If users smell cigarette odor on their clothes, for example, they can eliminate it by running the clothes in the drum in the deodorizing mode without water for 10 minutes. Allergenic pollen can be also removed.
So it gets the cigarette odor out, but what about the lipstick on the collar?