Nanofilm WaterBlock makes mobile devices completely waterproof…
A company called HzO, has unveiled a nanofilm waterproof coating which completely protects mobile devices from unwanted encounters with water and other liquids.
The coating, aptly named WaterBlock, differs from other protective coatings because it’s applied to all parts during the manufacturing process, effectively protecting the circuitry inside from any liquid damage. Other solutions only coat the outside of the device, leaving the components inside vulnerable to any liquid that might seep in through small openings in the case.
To apply WaterBlock, the company utilizes what’s known as a vacuum deposition process. This technique applies the nanofilm without heat – which can easily damage the components. The company claims the organic material is non-toxic, and will not change the appearance, weight or feel of the device.
Although WaterBlock will protect your gadgets from extended exposure to water, it might not be the best idea to start using your WaterBlock-treated iPhone as an underwater camera. That said, the demo in the video clip below is pretty impressive.
WaterBlock has already been tested on several mobile devices including the iPhone 4S, iPad, Samsung Galaxy S II and the Amazon Kindle Fire. HzO is currently in talks with Apple and Samsung about adding their technology to their products.
HzO President Paul Clayson says he hopes to see WaterBlock-treated devices available this summer, most likely on smartphones and tablets first, then later expanding to include cameras, laptops (with solid-state drives), gaming devices and even medical equipment.