Jan 24 2012

Waterproof Smartphones and Tablets: A Dream Come True

New technology is in the works that could make mobile devices invincible to water damage.

As superhero analogies go, if mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones are supermen, then water is their kryptonite. How many stories have you heard about someone dropping a phone in the toilet, or accidentally spilling a drink on a tablet? What happens if you’re out and about without an umbrella or raincoat, and you get soaked by a passing shower?

All mobile users have put up with this Achilles’ heel in mobile computing, but in the future, we might be able to breathe easier. HzO is a new technology that aims to tackle waterproofing at the molecular level, reports mobile tech blog BGR. The nano-scale film barrier is applied during the manufacturing process on the inside of the device, which offers users water protection without having to use a case.

ZAGG, the company marketing the technology, showed off demonstrations of HzO’s abilities at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show. The company says it is making headway with smartphone manufacturers and hopes to see the technology in next season’s phones, according to BGR.

View demos of the HzO technology below.