Phone Soap By: Marissa Rhodes & Bryson Urie
Cell Phones • Group of BYU college students discovered some disturbing news about cell phones • Cell phones have 18 times more harmful bacteria than the handle on a male public toilet • Researchers have found on cell phones: • Flu • Staph • E. Coli • MRSA • 1 in 6 phones have fecal matter on them
Their Idea • After hearing all those facts, the students wanted to do something about it • “ding-dong moment” • While in the cancer lab at their university, they realized they had found the answer • UV lights help to sterilize the equipment in the lab
Phone Soap • These findings lead to the creation of phone soap • A small box equipped with a UV-C light • The light has a short wavelength that penetrates the cell wall of the bacteria which in turn kills it off • The light runs on a timer of 3-5 minutes and shuts off when clean • There is also a charger in each box so that you can place it in the box at night and wake up to a clean charged phone
With the use of phone soap Bacteria on phones vs. other surfaces
The Product • The group has been in several contests with the phone soap • Rent a kiosk at the University mall to sell this product • BYU bookstore now sells it • "You see something and you think it would be cool, then see if people are interested and kind of run with it," Monroe said. "Ideas come and go a lot, but this one kind of stuck."
Sources • http://www.ksl.com/?nid=1014&sid=19238553 • http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/588318042/phonesoap-simultaneously-charge-and-sanitize-your