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HzO Wants To Waterproof Smartphones and Tablets with WaterBlock

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HzO has a method of preventing water from damaging smartphones and tablets, but individual users can’t take advantage of it just yet.

The company showed off its WaterBlock technology at CTIA by fully submerging several smartphones and tablets in a tank of water. Thanks to HzO’s technology, an iPhone or any other smartphone can still work while underwater without the need for a special case of any kind.

WaterBlock makes phones waterproof by covering the devices in a “nano-thin film” that has “highly effective, water-repelling properties.” It sounds too good to be true, but actually does appear to work as the video below shows.

Unfortunately, HzO doesn’t offer its nano-thin film to consumers. There’s no option to just send off a brand new iPhone to get it waterproofed. Instead, HzO hopes to market WaterBlock to manufacturers in hopes that they’ll license the technology. The company hopes manufacturers will begin using WaterBlock in their next generation of smartphones.

We hope that somebody does license HzO’s WaterBlock technology. It’d be nice to see a great looking smartphone or tablet that can live through a bit of water. Current devices rely mostly on water-tight seals on ports instead of this sort of technology, which tends to result in less aesthetically pleasing devices. It’d be great if we can buy the next iPad to get a waterproof tablet instead of having to settle for something like the Pantech Element.

For users who don’t want to wait, there are other options for waterproofing devices such as special cases and processes similar to HzO’s WaterBlock like Liquipel.

Shawn is a tech junkie who spends most of his time reading and writing about it. You can follow him on Twitter, @shawn_i.

4 Comments

  1. Eric Hines

    05/11/2012 at 11:15 am

    Does anyone NOT want this on their next gen phone? Someone implement this ASAP

  2. John Havana

    07/22/2012 at 2:52 pm

    Check out Vapor Armor! This company on the east coast is waterproofing the IPhone 4 and 4s with mail in service available coming within weeks!! They already have WATERPROOF Apple IPod Shuffles for sale on Amazon and EBay and coming in August on their website. http://www.vaporarmor.com check them our at the CES this year in Vegas!

    • John Havana

      07/22/2012 at 2:59 pm

      Reps from the company said a percentage of their acssesory sales ( T-shirts, hats, visors, water bottles) will be going to different charities each month. The first month will go to th American Diabetes Association. One of the owners mothers has been a diabetic since the age of 7, what a wonderful way to give back! Check them out, this could be a huge success!

  3. BLUFFENBURG

    01/25/2013 at 10:32 am

    HZO PRODUCT FAILURE
    THINK TWICE BEFORE PURCHASING!!
    FAST FORWARD TO 1:20 AND WATCH THE SAMSUNG SCREEN POWER DOWN!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHTiJPKO1_M

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