HzO Nanotechnology Seal Keeps Smartphones from Drowning

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In the future, you may not need a protective case to use your phone in the pool. Go ahead, toss it in--the HzO nanotechnology will protect it from the H20.

At the recent New York Press Preview for the 2012 International CES set to take place in Las Vegas this coming January, HzO CEO Paul S. Clayson, armed with a smartphone and a bowl of water, showed how his company’s nanotechnology can protect electronic gadgets from moisture even when they’re completely immersed in water.

He explained that HzO’s "nano-scale film barrier" bonds so tightly to the interior and exterior of a smartphone or other electronic device that the units are completely protected from water. As he dunked a working Samsung Galaxy S smartphone protected HzO technology into the bowl of water, the unit continued functioning even as it filled with water. He even placed a call to the phone, which rang normally. He said the vapor-coating technology also works on other materials like paper, which he showed off by dropping a protected business card into the water.

The HzO technology will be included in upcoming products from Zagg, which markets its own "skins" and other protective gear. Zagg has announced that it will be offering limited-edition "WaterBlocked" versions of the iPod touch, iPod shuffle and iPod nano with the HzO sealing technology inside.

Robert S. Anthony is a New York-based technology journalist. He writes a tech blog called The Paper PC.

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