Let's just start this off by saying yes it is real, and no you can't just add it to any device. Now that we got that out of the way let's talk about the amazingness that HzO brought to us here at CES 2012. Walking around the tech floor I saw a display of some devices sitting underneath falling water like it was nothing, people were playing with the units, they were playing music and it was like everything was normal, wet but normal. Instantly I was intrigued and walked over and that is when it happened. Off came the battery door, SIM card and battery exposed and boom, there went his beloved Android device in the water like it was nothing, and thanks to HzO it is like nothing happened to the device, it remains fully functional with zero damage to any of the electronics.

So you are wondering how it works, right? Well unfortunately it isn't something that we (the consumer) can purchase to add on to an existing device, instead this coating has to be applied at the factory during production. The thin coating which they have named WaterBlock that is applied prevents water from coming in contact with the electronics and important parts inside the device, thus making it water resistant and giving you the ability to dunk it and not have to be worried. Unfortunately it doesn't appear as though there are many (if any) devices that are currently available with this product, but we can sure hope that the exposure from CES 2012 gets this installed on devices. Hit the break to check it all out in some video action.


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HzO shows us how you really waterproof a device


No kidding...next they will try to patent the power button and claim voice control technology in mobile was their creation :)

Apple will just buy them out then and block anyone else from using it. Apple has more than 100 Billion USD in reserves. They can ruin the game for everyone else.

I think both utilizes the same technology (small gaseous particles to form a waterproof coating) but i heard liquipel is not as good as HzO as liquipel is only able to resist water for 30mins as compared to HzO which is a few hours.

They gave me the impression that there was no limit to how long it would protect from water damage.

And, I like that with liquipel, you can add it to just about anything... They were even giving out coupons for 30% off a single device coating.

Ya, I've been watching liquipel as well hoping they'll start supporting more devices. I'd easily pay $50-60 to get my best gadgets waterproofed. We spent a lot of time near and in the water.

Anti shatter and anti scratch and anti crack material to be used on phones would be a better option :P

They need this tech out now like yesterday. Japan has had waterpoof phones for years. The US has like two of them for sale that are smartphones.

Please let me send in my device to get treatment for this waterproof coating for my galaxy s2. Want it so badly!

All of these products... this one above and others people are naming.... they originated with a product called Golden Shellback.

This was the first company to do any such thing- but unfortunately there just isnt a need for these companies.

And contrary to what they say... golden shellback, while it was still around, it was only for certain devices... BUT you could send yours in to get coated- it didnt have to be off the factory lines.

Just an FYI that all great ideas like this are stolen :)

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This didn't really "orginate" with Golden Shellback. Conformal Coating of electronics has been around for decades. GS may be one of the first companies targeting the process at consumer level goods, but they did not come up with the idea.


Without looking at the video, it sounds like they're basically doing a Conformal Coat process. Conformal Coating is messy. If they're using a dip process, you have to worry about getting the proper coverage. If they have to selectively coat, you have to worry about not getting coating where you don't want it, and ensuring you get enough where you need it. It starts out as a liquid, and depending on the material used can be pretty runny and hard to control. It's something my work uses as kind of a secondary protection. The products we make should not leak, but in case they do the major components should still be protected. I don't know how much I'd be willing to trust Conformal Coat on a product that definitely leaks. The processes to coat and properly detect coating would be pretty complicated.