Why you should care
Because you have enough crap to deal with already. Your gadgets shouldn’t have to deal with it, too.
According to recent scientific studies, one of the most common contaminants of mobile devices is — wait for it — fecal matter.
That’s not to say that we’re all gross Neanderthals who wipe our backsides with the latest technology.
But this is one problem there isn’t quite an app for — just yet.
When we inevitably use our gadgets outside of our sparkling clean living areas, our hands have come in contact with the filthiest of the filthy. Store door handles, money, handrails at transportation hubs are all places where our paws trade nasties with everyone else’s. Those germs are then transferred to our mobile phones, tablets, etc. Have you ever wondered why those pesky stomach and flu bugs keep returning? It’s mostly likely your poop-infested phone.
Using a disinfectant wipe is one way to get out of germs’ way — but given how sensitive today’s internal phone parts are, moisture isn’t exactly the best idea. Which is why the folks over at Phonesoap have developed a combination sanitizer and charger that uses ultraviolet rays to zap bacteria.
The Phonesoap charger looks like a miniature sun-tanning bed and holds a wide variety of smartphones. A small compartment holds the phone’s charging cable that hooks up to the unit for power. Once started, the sanitizing process takes about five minutes, after which the phone will be clean enough to eat off of. And in the typical fashion of mobile phones, the chargers come in white and black.
When asked about the life of the UV bulb, the guys at Phonesoap responded with a whopping “8,000 hours” — which should last a few years of pulverizing the offending particles on your devices. The Phonesoap charger is available now at the official website for $60 — with a tablet version in the works for launch later this year.
In the meantime, just keep your iPads out of the office bathroom, yeah?
Larry “The Blackspot” Hester is a journalist from New York who specializes in technology, video games and pop culture. Follow him online, where he makes the technology world a not-so-scary place @theblackspot.