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May 10, 2014

Phone Sanitizer — "One of the most common contaminants of mobile devices is fecal matter"


So wrote Larry Hester in a May 5 USA Today story about OZY's new Phonesoap charger.

It "...looks like a miniature sun-tanning bed and holds a wide variety of smartphones... and uses ultraviolet rays to zap bacteria."

Charges while it's in its little compartment.

$64.95 (phone not included).

May 10, 2014 at 08:01 AM | Permalink


Apparently a LOT of people take their phones into the bathroom, and USE them whilst sitting on the throne.

I heard about some health folks who asked a large number of people if they could check their phones for bacteria - the phones had several HUNDRED times as much bacteria as the average toilet seat in busy shopping malls... (not necessarily fecal matter, but bacteria)

Most people do not clean their phones, and this may get them to do so.

Posted by: terrence | May 12, 2014 12:19:30 AM

can I put my earbuds in it? that seems like a more effective application.

Posted by: marshall | May 10, 2014 10:19:44 AM

BOJ endorsement? I'm sure you see this kind of stuff in hospitals.

I can see the benefits for sure --nobody wants living iPoo.

But I'm not convinced this effectively gets where the sun don't shine. Maybe the reflective coating is enough to shine in all the cracks. Maybe more uniformly distributed UV LED's would be better?

I might also be concerned about heat and UV degradation effects on plastics and other materials.

Oh, and welcome back! You had us worried.

Posted by: marshall | May 10, 2014 10:17:20 AM

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