CES 2014: NueVue Introduces Antimicrobial Cases for iOS Devices

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    U.K. based company NueVue introduced its line of cases for the iPhone, iPad, and iPad mini at CES 2014, which contain screen-cleaning properties and eliminate up to 99% of bacteria on a device's surface. The cases themselves come in cotton twill, leather, and canvas variants lined with antimicrobial microfibers licensed from medical company BioCote, and are also anti-static and shock resistant.

    The introduction of the cases comes as Apple glass supplier Corning announced an antimicrobial version of its Gorilla Glass earlier this week, which incorporate ionic silver into the glass to inhibit growth of bacteria. NueVue's cases will sell for $49.99 in a variety colors and are expected to be available soon.

    Article Link: CES 2014: NueVue Introduces Antimicrobial Cases for iOS Devices
  2. NightFox macrumors 68000


    May 10, 2005
    Shropshire, UK
    And not before time. Only last week I caught bubonic plague from my iPad's Smart Cover.
  3. tsadi macrumors member

    Feb 23, 2011
    I like it bare with screen protector. Not a lot of hiding place for bacteria with that setup I hope.
  4. DTphonehome macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2003
  5. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Is it me or has CES become a big bore? I see posts like this and think is this really what CES is about now? It seems the nature of the tech industry has changed to the point CES like other big trade shows is obsolete b/c

    1) Big companies more frequently host their own private product announcements when product is ready, not when January rolls around, and sites like Verge, Gizmodo, and Engaget are more than happy to supply the publicity.

    2) Smaller companies and entrepreneurs with ideas go to crowd source funding to debut product concepts, relying less on retail buyers as a first step.

    That leaves CES with big TV (but small viewable content), souped up appliances with smartphone connectivity. (Oooh! I forgot to turn the washing machine on... let me launch the app!), and, yes, more overpriced iDevice cases.
  6. Berserker-UK macrumors member

    Jan 4, 2012
    Berkshire, UK
    People read books in the bathroom, so I imagine they read iBooks in the bathroom too.

    Bleaching an iPad probably wouldn't work so well, though it might help with those moisture sensors.
  7. lamerica80 macrumors 6502a


    May 22, 2008
    No case for the ipad air as far as i can see. Why do all case makers seem to think ipad air owners are happy to settle for an ipad case, its too wide!! Impossible to find a decent case/sleeve for the air.
  8. testcard macrumors 68030


    Apr 13, 2009
    Middle England
  9. macs4nw macrumors 601


    Touchy subject?…..
  10. ChromeAce macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2009
  11. bretm macrumors 68000

    Apr 12, 2002
    Hands up, who's reading Macrumors in the can right now?
  12. testcard macrumors 68030


    Apr 13, 2009
    Middle England
  13. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    I really think all these antibacterial things are a bad idea. There is a reason we now have antibiotic-resistant superbugs beginning to circulate.
  14. curmudgeon32 macrumors regular

    Aug 28, 2012
    Yep. We're breeding them so the "1%" that survive that "99%" of microbes killed are the ones who reproduce. Score one for parnoia marketers, zero for the rest of us.
  15. Nunyabinez macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2010
    Provo, UT
    It's so weird that this seems to be coming to tech. First anti-microbial glass and now cases.

    All this while the FDA is challenging all products that are anti-bacterial to demonstrate that there is any benefit at all, since there currently is no real science to back up the claims that they make.

    Edit: here's a link in case someone's curious about the FDA http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/16/health/fda-antibacterial/


    From the FDA on Soap:"Millions of Americans use antibacterial hand soap and body wash products," the agency said in a statement. "Although consumers generally view these products as effective tools to help prevent the spread of germs, there is currently no evidence that they are any more effective at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water.

    Further, some data suggest that long-term exposure to certain active ingredients used in antibacterial products -- for example, triclosan (liquid soaps) and triclocarban (bar soaps) -- could pose health risks, such as bacterial resistance or hormonal effects."
  16. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    This is BS. If you're worried about bacteria on your tech, do yourself a favor and wash your hands.

    When I was in high school, we had this discussion with our English teacher one day about how she was so disgusted that most of the girls who went to the bathroom while she was in there too, did not bother to wash up after doing their business.

    Most people don't do it because they think it's a waste of time, especially when you have to do the whole getting your hands wet, putting soap, washing them, and then drying them off. Well, a few years ago I heard on a BBC newscast that they did research and just putting your hands under water for a few seconds is just as good. So you really have no excuse not to just do that.

    Stuff like this just drains your wallet. There's absolutely no benefit to it. And even though the bacteria won't get into the leather/cotton/canvas, you know what will? The sweat from your hands, which is far worse.
  17. citi macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2006
    Simi Valley, CA
    Not just no benefit, The FDA is requiring the people that make the antibacteria product to provide proof that it's doing more good than harm. If they can't substantiate it, they will ban the ingredient. It's been proven that soap and water will kill germs and bacteria just as well. Also it does not kill viruses so you are still likely to get a cold when using it, which is pretty much the reason people use anti-bacterial products.
  18. sulpfiction macrumors 68030


    Aug 16, 2011
    Philadelphia Area
    I can't see the benefit. So my phone is (up to) 99% germ free, but EVERYTHING else I come in contact with is not.
  19. sulpfiction macrumors 68030


    Aug 16, 2011
    Philadelphia Area
    "Hmmmm..I just used my hand to flush a toilet in a public bathroom. Now let me just walk out because it is a terrible incovienence to wash my hands"...Who would ever do that? When I go into a public restroom I don't touch ANYTHING. And I wash my hands EVERY time. And once I wash, I use the paper towel that Im drying my hands with to open the door. I have a whole ritual...Don't ask. But that's because public bathrooms are just plain disgusting.
  20. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    They can't promise 100% because if they did and someone got sick, they'd get sued. Leaves them an out.


    You don't put everything to your face and by your nose, eyes, and mouth.

    Not a good way to look at it anyways. "Everything is already covered in germs so why wash my hands after taking a poop."
  21. adamneer macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2013
    Chicago, IL
    oh great, now i just dropped my iPad on the bathroom floor.


    its not just things that you put up to your face that transmit bacteria/disease/virus/plagues, its the act of touching something infected and then using the same unwashed hands to touch your face or food. both of you are sort of correct. having an antibacterial case is probably not going to decrease your chance of illness by nearly the amount that would make this case worthwhile, but then again, if you never wash your hands, nothing will.
  22. nathanjbrown macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2008
    Boston, MA
    A ripped-off/rebranded Beyza Case?

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    mypins macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2010
    99% refers to a log value in microbiology studies. 90% is 1 log, 99% is 2 logs, 99.9% is 3 logs and so on. A log reduces the bacteria count 10-fold. Which means if 1,000 bacteria are on 1 square inch of a surface, you can expect a 2-log reduction that will still leave 10 bacteria on the same area. 99% has nothing to do with infection rates, sickness or anything other than how many bugs will be reduced on the surface over time. It could be 99% over 2 hours. And who knows exactly what germs will be reduced! Without real data, the claims cannot be justified.

    Now that you passed micro 101, just wash your hands. Much of these antimicrobial claims for products like these don't mean anything other than marketing hype. That's why the FDA is cracking down on many companies. There are some good antimicrobial products out there but this case may not be one of them. Unless of course the case company wants to share their data.
  24. Teste macrumors 6502

    Jan 8, 2011
    This isn't really a concern in this case. This kind of system employs physical ways to kill germs (copper, silver nanoparticles, etc), while the issue of super bugs has risen due to the use of antibiotics. Even if it were possible, resistance to physical ways to kill bacteria would have no effect on resistance against antibiotics.

    That's one reason why surgery centers clean equipment using high temperatures, yet we get no surge of resistant bacteria from there.

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