A new project called PhoneSoap is attempting to “start a clean phone revolution” with a device that both charges and simultaneously sanitizes your phone. PhoneSoap does its cleaning using UV-C light. UV-C is a type of ultraviolet light that's used in hospitals, and penetrates the cell walls of bacteria, disrupting its DNA and effectively killing it.
Our phones often travel with us everywhere. Whether you're pulling out your handset on a crowded subway in the morning to catch up on news, laying it on the counter of your favorite restaurant while you order lunch, or accidentally dropping it on the floor at your office -- your phone is going to pick up more than just a few germs along the way.
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Some research indicates that the average cellphone has 18 times more harmful bacteria on it than a handle on a public male toilet, and that 1 in every 6 cellphones actually has fecal matter on it.
During the cleaning process a UV-C light shines on your phone from the bottom and top of the box, surrounding it in light and killing any present bacteria. The UV-C light is only on for 3-5 minutes, so you don't run the risk of damaging your phone while you're getting your clean on. While you're cleaning your phone, the box also charges your handsets via either an Apple connector or Micro USB cable. So, “When your alarm goes off in the morning, your phone won’t only be charged, but it will also be clean.”
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PhoneSoap is currently a KickStarter project. The project is currently at a little over $13k, with a total of $18k needed before the project closes in 20 days to make the cleaning charging box a reality.
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