When the pandemic hit and hygiene became the buzzword, Jacky Yim was perfectly placed to do something about it. His company, SAS Lighting, was already creating bespoke lighting, so moving to producing ultraviolet disinfecting lights was a natural progression.
"With hygiene and health being everyone's top priority with the hit of Covid-19, we are constantly looking for ways to combine cutting-edge technology with modern designs, to create innovative quality products that help make staying healthy easy and convenient," said the founder and CEO of Life in Motion. "I hope that with our team, we are pushing for technological advances to improve on products that will have social impact, not only serving the people of Hong Kong, but also on a global scale."
Yim, who has degrees in design and business, quickly drew up plans for the Honey Pro (HK$428), a portable UV-C LED light which can disinfect surfaces within two minutes.
In September, his company teamed up with the Hong Kong Baptist University's research and development licensing team to investigate how its Honey Pro UV-C LED sanitizer can work against SARS-CoV-2 and the vesicular stomatitis virus (which causes food poisoning).
Using pseudoviruses, Allen Cheung Ka-loon, an assistant professor at the university's Department of Biology, and his team found that the Honey Pro could deactivate the viruses by up to 99.9 percent at a two centimeter distance and just one minute exposure to UV-C.
Apart from the two main viruses, the Honey Pro even managed to deactivate hard-to-kill germs and spores, such as the vesicular stomatitis virus glycoprotein, the H1N1 virus, escherichia coli, staphylococcus aureus and klebisella pneumonia by up to 99.9 percent.
Yim wanted to make a product that would affordable to most people - and the Honey Pro delivered. In just a few months, it has caught the attention of not just consumers, but also hotels and businesses wanting to provide their customers with extra peace of mind.
Luxury hotels are working with Life in Motion to put another product, the Honey Case (HK$570), in all their guestrooms so that guests can disinfect their glasses, mobile phones and other small electronic devices. The Honey Case is also a hit with those who wear make-up as it is just the right size for their brushes.
All the products come with a built-in tilt sensor and smart motion sensor. They will automatically switch on to a warm white LED light when the device is facing upwards or movement is detected. It will then switch over to UV-C LED sanitizing mode after 15 seconds when no movement is detected and remain on for a period of two minutes, to protect the human skin and eyes from prolonged exposure to UV-C.
Life in Motion UV-C LED products can be found in its online store as well as retailers such as Sogo, Yata, Fortress, SaSa, Pricerite and Yoho.