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ABC recently reported that the average person checks their phone 150 times per day, not to mention the other 15 hours per day it sits in your pocket. It’s also nothing new that cell phones emit Electromagnetic Fields/Radiation (EMF/EMR) when it’s glued to the side of our heads more than 22 times per day.

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The American Cancer Society, studying the effects of electromagnetic radiation, has found some evidence of a direct link between cellphone usage and tumors in the brain and ear. The possible risk of cell phone exposure continues to be researched using strong study methods, especially with regard to use by children and longer-term use.

SafeSleeve, a startup based in California, is currently crowdfunding an anti-radiation wallet case for smartphones that protects the delicate brain from harmful waves of radiation. SafeSleeve’s two founders, Cary Subel and Alaey Kumar, initially launched their company with a protective laptop case. After witnessing fellow University students sitting for hours in the library with their laptops glued to their laps, the two Engineering graduates of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo knew something needed to be done.

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“As Electromagnetic Radiation awareness heightens, the need for SafeSleeve protection continues to grow for students, expecting moms, families, businessmen, or any consistent laptop user,” Subel says.

Research shows that the effects of radiation from smartphones can be even more harmful in youth and teens due to thinner skull bones, which allow for greater exposure of cell phone radiation to the brain.

Dr. Sunjay Gupta of CNN has done several segments on this issue and warns that the government rules and regulations regarding EMR exposure are based on either out-dated data or on questionable studies performed by the manufacturers of the devices. Hence, there are thousands of doctors and scientists from around the world pushing for change.

A giant veil has been pulled over the eyes of the general public. We are the guinea pigs in a long-term experiment that appears to be headed towards disaster, similar to the introduction of cigarettes just a few decades ago.

Even though the risks of cellphone usage are becoming more publicized…cellphones are not going anywhere.

“To start, we first asked ourselves, what do people love about their smart phones,” Subel says. “ The answer turned out to be convenience, ease-of-use, multi-functionality, and personalizing and protecting it with a nice case.”

Subel knew his team had to design something that not only maintained, but also improved all these elements. What they came up with is SafeSleeve for smartphones.

The integrated military-grade shielding material in the front flap deflects and absorbs radiation emitted by your phone to greatly reduce your exposure. It’s so easy to use, functional, sleek and affordable that it’s a no brainer compared to conventional cases.

“Last year, we launched a heat and radiation shielding laptop case called SafeSleeve for Laptop,” Subel says. “The response was overwhelmingly positive, we fulfilled orders from over 30 countries worldwide and we received many requests to make a cell phone case.

Subel and Kumar have spent almost 3 years developing their anti-radiation smartphone case and – with cellphone radiation awareness increasing – the timing is just right. Check out SafeSleeve’s kickstarter and donate now! With a pledge of $35 or more you will receive an iPhone 5/5S, or Galaxy S5 Early Bird Special case in your choice of size and color! This package will retail for over $55.


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Timothy Brophy