No more dirty phone calls
Wash your phone out with soap, potty mouth
Most people would shudder at the thought of putting their mobile phones in the dishwasher. This is precisely what Seal Shield invites you to do with its new SEAL CELL handset. Or put it in the sink for a regular clean up.
Seal Shield's phone: stick it in the dishwasher
The phone is water resistant (and not waterproof as we wrote carelessly earlier) and coated with an antimicrobial glaze to reduce mould, mildew and odour build-up. It looks destined mostly for hospital use: Seal Shield specialises in washable IT equipment for the healthcare sector. The company says it devised the phone to help reduce the risk of worldwide cross contaminations, including H1N1, Norovirus and MRSA.
It cites with some relish a Dr Charles Gerba of University of Arizona, who tested numerous common surfaces and found "cell phones are the highest carrier of bacteria with 25,000 germs per square inch, or 500 times more bacteria than the average toilet".
But is there any consumer appetite for washable handsets? Seal Shield's decision to launch at this year's CES suggests it thinks so. The spec suggests that it will appeal more to germ haters than phone lovers, alas.
SEAL CELL is more like Sonim’s XP3 Enduro – reviewed here - than a smartphone, though. The washable handset doesn’t support 3G or have its own app store. However, it can cope with two SIM cards and connect over quad-band GSM and Bluetooth.
The phone’s torch light is presumably for finding stray forks down the back of the dishwasher and the 2Mp camera can be used to prove that you actually did stick the machine on after lunch. ®
Dropped in toilet
So what if somebody drops this in the toilet, as is the most likely accidental damage to happen to mobile phones in general, I would imagine not only it would survive perfectly fine, but will also decontaminate your toilet with its anti-germ surface layer?
Imagine that, a phone you could just retrieve from the unflushed pub toilet on a late friday night and stuff straight back in your pocket!
Douglas Adams had it right...!
FORD: Golgafrincham Ark Fleet, Ship B, Hold Seven: Telephone Sanitizer, Second Class. And a serial number!
ARTHUR: ”Telephone Sanitizer”? A dead telephone sanitizer?
FORD: Best kind. ...
I'd just like to say...
"Imagine that, a phone you could just retrieve from the unflushed pub toilet on a late friday night"
**EUUUW** Factor 10, anti-germ surface notwithstanding...
Does it come with video?
If so, you could get really bizzare footage and find out why there is always one thing that doesn't get cleaned properly.
Those drug tests are so incredibly sensitive that even if you washed the phone 500 times with Dettol and a wire scourer they'd still detect it. At a police open day in Adelaide a few years ago they did a demonstration with cannabis detection on a plain white glazed bathroom tile. They rubbed an ordinary bud of weed against the tile, put this liquid on it, and it turned deep red where the bud had contacted the tile. They then put the tile through a *surgical instrument steriliser* for 5 minutes and ran the test again. The test liquid still turned pale pink in the areas where the cannabis had been.
It's amazing how effectively technology can be perverted by megolmaniacs seeking to use it to efficiently control people's life choices...