Costa Mesa man is on the case to block radiation from phones and laptops
By day, Costa Mesa resident Alaey Kumar is a project manager for an aerospace engineering firm.
But by night, and whenever he finds the time, Kumar, 26, runs a small business whose product could gain traction with consumers in light of a recent government study.
The online company, SafeSleeve, which Kumar co-founded with fellow Cal Poly San Luis Obispo engineering graduate Cary Subel, sells cases for smartphones and laptops that are intended to shield users from electromagnetic radiation. The company motto: “Protect the essentials.”
The phone cases are designed for Apple iPhones and Samsung’s Galaxy devices. They retail for about $40 to $70 each. The laptop cases are $74.95.
In an interview at his Costa Mesa home, Kumar said the product doesn’t affect cellphone reception, only the outgoing, possibly harmful frequencies.
This month, the company, based in San Diego with production done overseas, is celebrating its first anniversary of offering cellphone cases.
Since the cases went online June 1 last year, revenue has grown by 20 times, the company says.
SafeSleeve’s anniversary comes on the heels of a federal study released in May that suggested exposure to mobile phone radiation could be harmful.
According to Scientific American, the $25-million animal study “tested the possibility of links between cancer and chronic exposure to the type of radiation emitted from cellphones and wireless devices. The findings, which chronicle an unprecedented number of rodents subjected to a lifetime of electromagnetic radiation starting in utero, present some of the strongest evidence to date that such exposure is associated with the formation of rare cancers in at least two cell types in the brains and hearts of rats.”
The study was led by researchers at the National Toxicology Program at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
SafeSleeve says its products have been independently tested in a Federal Communications Commission-certified laboratory.
The cases use a proprietary technology to reduce exposure to electromagnetic radiation by up to 99%, the company says. They can block extremely low frequencies (ELF), radio frequencies (RF) and thermal energy that makes electronics heat up, according to the company.
For more information, visit www.safesleevecases.com.
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