Joshua Schnell, January 16, 2012
It appears that we weren’t far off last week when we suggested that Apple should look into partnering with Liquipel to water-proof its devices. According to Pocket-Lint, both Apple and Samsung are kicking tires around HZO, a company that specializes in smartphone waterproofing:
[quote] “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 representative of the company told us. “Samsung is really excited by the tech.” The company has told us that they are also talking to Apple as well, hoping to be able to let Apple make the iPhone 5 waterproof. “We expect HZO to be in next season’s phones,” HZO told Pocket-lint rather confidently.[/quote]
HZO’s technology creates a nanoscale film barrier with water repelling powers to keep water from affecting your precious electronics.
If HZO isn’t grand-standing in an attempt to drum up some interest in the company, this is huge news for consumers. Water resistant technology is becoming more and more important these days as companies look to void warranties for water damage, and consumers continue to bring their devices into wet environments. HZO could easily offer a solution to both problems. Just this weekend I spent some time in a hot tub, and found myself wondering if the steam from the tub (it’s the dead of winter in Canada) was actually causing the water damage sensors in my iPhone 4S to engage.
Also, for the record, we want to take complete responsibility for bringing this to Apple’s attention, but only if it turns out to be true.Follow @macgasm