If you weren't a clean freak before the Covid 19 pandemic, you are probably now particularly aware of hygiene.
Organizations from the World Health Organization to the Singapore National Environment Agency have urged the public to keep their environment clean as the first line of defense against the virus.
While we often disinfect our hands and wash them for two Happy Birthday songs, we may forget that millions of germs lurk on objects that we carry around every day – like our smartphones.
That's pretty shocking, but University of Arizona scientists have found that cell phones contain ten times more germs than most toilet seats.
How exactly do we ensure the cleanliness of our phones? Homegrown startup Zygienic gives us an easy way to clean our phones.
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Simply place your phone on Facebook on the UV Phone Sanitiser / Image Credit: Zygienic
The flagship of Zygienic is a UV disinfectant for phones that was co-founded by Bryan Wang, who is also the founder of the snack startup WOKWOK, which specializes in cereal, shrimp and truffle potato chips.
When Covid-19 met, Bryan saw an opportunity to adjust. When the world struggled with the virus, he thought it was great to "develop products that help people stay safe."
At this point, Bryan and his partner were looking for effective ways to protect people from germs. The team identified cell phone cleaning as an undetected pain point.
It turns out that they hit the nail on the head. Since the start in Singapore in June, sales have been “above expectations”.
UV Phone Sanitiser: how it works
Users can simply place their phone on the UV Phone Sanitiser, press the button to start the disinfection process, and let the UV light do all the work.
After 15 minutes, a built-in timer notifies you when disinfection is complete. 99% of the germs on your phone are eliminated.
Other notable features of the phone disinfectant include the ability to charge phones during the disinfection process.
To ensure that users can keep up with important notifications during the 15 minutes, the device has a translucent screen instead of a closed lid.
Also disinfect everyday items such as keys and watches / Photo credits: Zygienically via Facebook
In addition to cell phones, the product is also large enough to be used for everyday items, from reusable masks to keys.
UV light widely used worldwide
The use of UV light to kill germs is not new and has already been introduced as part of measures to prevent Covid-19.
The Singapore government plans to use over 200 locally manufactured robots to disinfect surfaces with UV light in shopping centers, transportation and healthcare services by the end of 2020.
UV-Covid 19 prevention measures have also found their way around the world. In Shanghai, the interior and exterior of buses are equipped with UV light, which can kill 99.9% of germs in the bus in five to seven minutes.
According to Allied Market Research, the global market for UV disinfection devices is expected to reach $ 3.4 billion by 2026.
Bryan and his team saw these developments as an opportunity for innovations in consumer goods as well. After many attempts and errors, the team managed to integrate UV technology into a portable device for mobile phones.
Similar to these robots, the Zygienic Phone Sanitiser emits ultraviolet C (UV-C) light that can disrupt the DNA of microorganisms and prevent them from performing important cell functions.
In the future, the team will work on a range of products "that will be useful to everyone in the world in which we live".
Selected image source: Zygienic via Facebook