Mobile phones have become an integral part of our daily life. But have you ever considered cleaning that gadget, which is a perfect breeding ground for germs and bacteria? In fact, one study even showed that mobile phones harbor 18 times more bacteria than a flush handle in a typical men's restroom.
To keep our hands germ-free we can wash our hands with soap and water. But the same is not applicable to sanitize the mobile phones. A young man who intends to start a clean phone revolution has a novel idea.
Read on to find out more...
Wesley LaPorte and his team have developed a prototype - PhoneSoap, to sanitize the cell phones.
PhoneSoap is a small box that simultaneously charges and sanitizes the cell phone using ultraviolet-C light, an electromagnetic radiation with germicidal effects. According to the developers, not only is the PhoneSoap safe and 99.9% effective in killing bacteria and virus, but it also poses no risk of damaging the phone.
To recharge the phone battery and get a clean cell phone, all one has to do is just open the box, place the phone on a special UV transparent plastic platform, and close it. The UV-C light on the top and on the bottom of the box, which will run for 3-5 minutes, provides complete sanitization. There is access to both a micro USB cord and Apple's 30-pin USB cord for charging.
PhoneSoap, a project on KickStarter, is expected to hit the U.S. market later this year with a price tag of $40. KickStarter is the world's largest funding platform for creative projects. If a project is on Kickstarter, it must raise certain amount of money directly from the public within a certain time to avail the funding.
PhoneSoap has a funding goal of $18,000 by May 2, 2012. According to the KickStarter website, at this point, the PhoneSoap project has already raised $37,355, which makes it eligible to be KickStarter-funded.
So, is a clean phone revolution well on the way?
by RTT Staff Writer
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