Apple and Samsung considering waterproof smartphone tech

Apple and Samsung considering waterproof smartphone techHZO popped along to CES in Las Vegas last week to show off its Waterblock Technology stuff, and some of the big boys were reportedly rather impressed.

Indeed, all going well for the HZO chaps, this is the kind of thing we could find being the norm in the next wave of high-end smartphones.

How does it work? I was hoping you’d ask that. HZO’s waterproof technology uses an “invisible vapour coating” that wraps around internal electronics to “protect at the molecular scale”.

The “nano-sized molecules” cover every nook and cranny, ensuring water is thwarted at every turn. Screw you, H2O.

To win over the big manufacturers, HZO has gone ahead and installed the coating in existing phones from Samsung, Apple and Motorola. HZO’s CES display had an iPhone 4 dunked in a tank of fresh water.

"We showed the Samsung Chairman the technology with a Samsung Galaxy S that we had coated with HZO and he couldn't believe his eyes," a rep told Pocket-lint. "Samsung is really excited by the tech."

Apple is also said to be interested. Waterproof iPhone 5? It’s entirely possible.

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matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 16, 2012 at 14:53

Waterproofing is a genuinely good idea for all expensive phones. I'm not saying they need to work underwater like some cameras do, but your £500 phone being able to survive a trip down the (hopefully clean) toilet or into a sink full of water, is undeniably a good thing.

hicks12  Jan. 16, 2012 at 15:21

been shown many years ago, pretty sure its the same company so im glad they're finally getting this to market! my main concern is that if this is stopping water getting in then its going to reduce heat dissipation surely? I.e we will have phones burning out, if they can prove that isnt an issue then yes its brilliant.

Agreed with matt, it doesnt need to be waterproof to the extent of military specs and other water devices but merely to survive that rainy day, accidental drop into water etc the small things and this is going to be huge for them if they manage to sell it :).

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 16, 2012 at 15:32

It won't stop heat getting out, phones are cooled passively, not actively. They have no vents or fans, the heat from your phone just diffuses out of the case. This waterproofing is on a molecular level, it's basically a spray (in very simple terms), AFAIK.

As a basic waterproofing measure, I'd happily pay a bit more for my phone to have this feature. I don't even take my phone in the bathroom if I'm having a shower so it doesn't get steamy :p.

hicks12  Jan. 16, 2012 at 16:13

Passive is still effected by this though, if no air can get around the heatsink then it can effectively disipate from the HS to the surroundings :P. And yeah you're right in those terms that its like a spray, more like a spray on plaster just a bit more technical :D.

Its merely a minor note that im keeping an eye on, if most manufacturers are onboard then id say it isnt going to be a problem

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 16, 2012 at 16:53

Yeah, I guess the layer is only a few atoms thick, so I doubt it'll affect heat dissipation in any noticeable manner. I think a spray on plaster for phone's internals is a great way to describe it, well put mate :D.

I'm not desperate for it but if a phone that I wanted had this on I'd be happy to have the feature. If Samsung think it works well then I'm willing to trust their engineering knowledge haha :D.

hicks12  Jan. 16, 2012 at 16:56

yeah indeed, same position for me :D. If its an added feature i welcome it however its not a crucial feature for me... i.e i wont spent £100 for it or if the phones terrible :) Its just the icing on the cake haha.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 16, 2012 at 17:36

I just wonder what happens if you get a phone fixed?
If the application doesn't become affordable and a standard fixture in all repair shops, then every time you send a phone in for a fix, it'll probably come back with a breach in the membrane. Or they'll charge you extra...

Another issue: how do you test the integrity without risking water damage? That's an issue insurers will certainly look at ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 16, 2012 at 18:00

Warranty issues are a...well...issue, you're right. It's still a technology I'd rather have than not :).

Smiff  Jan. 16, 2012 at 19:40

Everything these days is made of "nano" particles. No really, everything is. It's perhaps the most overused and meaningless marketing term of the millennium.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 16, 2012 at 20:21

Everything these days is made of "nano" particles. No really, everything is. It's perhaps the most overused and meaningless marketing term of the millennium.
True, meanwhile big pharma sneaks real nano stuff into cosmetics and such... the irony.


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