Smartphone apps multiply, but so do germs

Jan 10, 2014
A woman looks at an Apple iPhone at one of the company's stores in Paris on December 20, 2013

It may be your best friend, but your smartphone is also probably teeming with germs.

As innovators descended on the Consumer Electronics Show, companies offering better sanitizing were also promoting the cause of cleanliness.

The technology show has long had a focus on health, but makers of sanitizing devices said people need to look in their pockets and purses to the microbes on their personal gadgets.

The smartphone "is always warm, stored in dark places, so bacterias are growing on your phone," said Dan Barnes, co-founder of Phonesoap, which was displaying its device which sanitizes a phone and recharges it.

Barnes said he got the idea after reading a study indicating "that mobile phones are 18 times dirtier than public bathrooms."

Barnes said his $50 device uses which "kills the bacteria's DNA, so that they can't live on your phone anymore."

Similar devices were also seen at the huge electronics fair, including one called CleanBeats, which sanitizes, plays music and recharges two phones through a USB connection.

The CleanBeats device is based on NASA technology, and will soon hit the market with a $499 price tag, said spokesman Dennis Rocha for the California-based startup

The company website says its device produces "hydroperoxide catalytic molecules" to sanitize the surfaces of touchscreens.

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not rated yet Jan 10, 2014
or just a quick wipe with a hand sanitizer.......cost= 2cents