Kinetronics Corp., Sarasota, Fla., USA, introduced the SpeckGRABBER, a .95 tool for safely removing individual contaminant particles from digital camera CCDs as well as delicate and sensitive surfaces. A small soft washable pad on the end of the SpeckGRABBER provides a high adhesion surface that sticks to contaminant particles with more cohesive force than the contaminated surface. When the SpeckGRABBER is put in contact with the particle, it adheres to the particle, while leaving no residue on the contacted surface.
The SpeckGRABBER is non-conductive, and can be used on active CCDs. It can also be used on lenses and films.
The tool is available in two styles; the Pro model has a heavy-duty rubberized grip and sells for .95. Both styles can be cleaned in water or a soap solution.