Violight kills germs on cell phones with UV light

Summary:Cell phones aren't exactly the cleanest objects given how much they are used each day. Most of the time, you can't even see how dirty they actually are. So Violight has the ultimate gadget for the techie afraid of germs: a UV cell phone sanitizing station.

Cell phones aren't exactly the cleanest objects given how much they are used each day. Most of the time, you can't even see how dirty they actually are. So Violight has the ultimate gadget for the techie afraid of germs: a UV cell phone sanitizing station.

The UV light is expected to kill 99% of bacteria on the device, including strep, e.coli, salmonella and H1N1. Maybe they should install a few of these in airports next time there's another pandemic outbreak. Powered by only a trio of AA batteries, the job should be done in under five minutes.

Also, the sanitizer should be able to hold most cell phones, MP3 players, Bluetooth headsets and even earbuds - not just the iPhone pictured above. To see the Violight do its sanitizing action on a smartphone, check out the promo video.

However, you'd really have to be a germaphobe to buy this (or know one if you're gifting it), as it costs $49.95 when it launches in October.

Topics: iPhone, Smartphones

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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