We’ve all been there. Drop your mobile device in water, or spill something on it, and panic sets in. We drop it in rice, hoping the old wives’ tales prove true just this one time. All too often, they don’t, and we’re left with another out-of-pocket mobile expense, and cursing our luck. Rather than encompass your device in some bulky case, HzO wants to protect it from the inside out.
We've seen our fair share of smartphones and devices that claim to be "water-resistant" or something close, but the folks from P2i aim to deliver the full experience to all smartphones. Yesterday we showed you guys Liquipel that will treat and waterproof your device for a fee, but P2i wants our OEMs to launch phones already fully protected.
We've all had or seen that terrible moment where someones shiny new smartphone falls into the toilet, pool, lake, or sink. While there's many different technologies available today to protect and water-resist our favorite devices Liquipel is among the best. We first saw them last year at CES to great fanfare, but at CES 2013 they've announced Liquipel 2.0 -- and it's coming to a mall near you.
Garmin has today introduced a new watch designed to help swimmers keep track of their progress, dubbed the Garmin Swim. The watch will monitor stroke type and count, distance, pace, and lengths. The Garmin Swim has been designed to be as easy to set up and use as possible, with the swimmer only needing to input the length of the pool they’ll be using to set the watch and begin tracking.
Live here in New Orleans for CTIA 2012 we had just started checking out the mobile goods when we spotted the HzO Waterblock booth. We've mentioned them in the past, but their hydrophobic waterproofing technique for smartphones and tablets is unlike anything else currently available, and said to be coming to Samsung and Apple devices soon.
Olympus' second camera of the day can't do anything as fancy as shoot high quality video and images simultaneously, but you can at least throw it under the nearest 100kg weight and still expect it to function. The Olympus TOUGH TG-810 arguably tempts fate by describing itself as "crushproof," and packs a 14-megapixel sensor, 5x optical zoom, dual-image stabilization and integrated GPS and electronic compass.
All signs point to a new digicam from Sony that will pack not only pocket-friendly dimensions but a waterproof casing too. The Sony DSC-TX5 is expected to slot in underneath the DSC-TX7 announced at CES 2010, and have a touchscreen LCD together with an Exmor CMOS sensor. Meanwhile photos of the camera were apparently posted by Sony and then quickly pulled.
If you're considering a new camera or camcorder, you're probably not narrowing down your options by whether you can mount them on your head or not; still, if you're a diver, swimmer or snowboarder then Liquid Image could have a few models for you. We caught up with the company's goggle-integrated "videomasks" - which range in price from $79 to $350 - at CES 2010; more details and live images after the cut.
A-DATA have lobbed a few new external hard-drives our way and, while we'd normally squeal like little girls at the thought of data damage, today we're mute as sensible, grown men. That's because the A-DATA SH93 portable hard-drives are waterproof and shock resistant, thanks to a nifty molded rubber-plastic casing.
If you've ever lost your car, wife or house because of your poor sense of direction, then the miniHomer from Navin may save the day. A keyring-sized GPS compass, the miniHomer may not have an appetite for donuts but it will store up to five different locations (one of which could be a donut store, admittedly) and guide you back to them with a digital compass.
There are quite a few companies out there who will sell you a ruggedized laptop, cellphone or digital camera, but they'll also help themselves to a healthy amount from your wallet in return. The gang at Popular Mechanics decided to see if - with only the sort of typical supplies you could find at Home Depot and Staples - they could make their own versions for a whole lot less money. That, of course, provided the ideal opportunity to give one of Dell's Inspiron 1545 notebooks a good kicking.