If you've already taken your flu shot and want a little extra power to keep those pesky viruses at bay, you may be tempted to check out Sanyo's Virus Washer, which the company claims kills airborne bugs via an "alpha electrolytic water disinfectant system." However, we can't help but be a little dubious of such claims. As near as we can tell, it's basically a humidifier coupled with an ionizer. Even if the device is able to kill viruses in the air over a limited space, it's still not going to stop you from getting sick via more common causes like getting sneezed on at close range or just shaking hands or touching a contaminated object. We think you'd do better following your mom's advice and washing your hands frequently and keeping them away from your face during the flu season. But we're still sure Sanyo's going to sell a lot of these; after all, Sharper Image has proven that an air-cleaning system doesn't need to be effective to be a big seller. And as much as we'd like to think otherwise, we suspect that Japanese consumers will be as gullible as their American counterparts.

[Via Akihabara News]

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Sanyo Virus Washer claims to wipe bugs out of the air