Water Proof

This metal is so water-resistant that it bounces them off

This metal is so water-resistant that it bounces them off

If you think IPX8 grade waterproofing is already astounding, prepare to pick up your jaw after seeing this new metal etching technique. Researchers at the University of Rochester were able to come up with a laser-etching method that creates what is probably the most super hydrophobic sheet of metal in the world. It's so hydrophobic that water doesn't simply roll off to one side when tilted at an angle. Water drops actually bounce off repeatedly until they either fall off the edge.

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Sony Xperia Aquatech store requires SCUBA diving lessons

Sony Xperia Aquatech store requires SCUBA diving lessons

If you're marketing extremely waterproof devices, what would be the best way to get that point across? Well, why not put a store underwater! As if taking a page from Apple's glass retail store in New York, Sony put its concept store four meters under the sea in Dubai. Of course, you won't be getting there on your own and you'll to undergo diving lessons before you are accompanied by trained drivers to the store.

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CAT brings super rugged B15Q, S50 smartphones to the US

CAT brings super rugged B15Q, S50 smartphones to the US

Remember CAT? No, not our feline overlords but the makers of rugged manufacturing equipment and machines. Unless you haven't been tracking our smartphone coverage, you will probably be aware that it also makes equally rugged smartphones to match the extreme working environment they put their products through. Now the company is bringing its latest model, the 4-inch B15Q and the larger 4.7-inch S50, to the US though the price tags on these might be a bit discouraging for everyday consumers. But then again, these aren't your everyday smartphones anyway.

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Hydrophobic shirt confirmed: hands-on with Threadsmiths first tee

Hydrophobic shirt confirmed: hands-on with Threadsmiths first tee

There’s nothing quite like a t-shirt that can’t get wet. The folks at Threadsmiths, an Australian company that’s got their hands on a technology that works surprisingly well: it repels liquid. You can literally pour a glass of water on a Threadsmiths t-shirt and it’ll come splashing off. Drop drips of water on Threadsmiths’ material on a flat surface and that water will bead up. At first it seems like magic - but it's very real. And really quite awesome, as well.

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Kyocera Hydro Plus waterproof smartphone launches on Cricket

Kyocera Hydro Plus waterproof smartphone launches on Cricket

Those looking for a budget smartphone they can use for their more active lifestyle might now have an option. Kyocera has just made available its new waterproof Hydro Plus smartphone on Cricket for a rather affordable price.

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HzO’s nanocoating process, our hands-on from the inside out

HzO’s nanocoating process, our hands-on from the inside out

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.

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P2i aims to bring waterproof smartphones to the mainstream

P2i aims to bring waterproof smartphones to the mainstream

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.

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Liquipel 2.0 smartphone water protection coming to a mall near you

Liquipel 2.0 smartphone water protection coming to a mall near you

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.

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Garmin Swim watch tracks your progress for $149.99

Garmin Swim watch tracks your progress for $149.99

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.

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HzO Waterblock Hydrophobic smartphone coating Hands-on

HzO Waterblock Hydrophobic smartphone coating Hands-on

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.

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Olympus TOUGH TG-810 “crushproof” camera packs GPS

Olympus TOUGH TG-810 “crushproof” camera packs GPS

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.

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Sony DSC-TX5 waterproof point-and-shoot unearthed

Sony DSC-TX5 waterproof point-and-shoot unearthed

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.

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