This company shows that any smartphone can be waterproof.

This company shows that any smartphone can be waterproof.

During IFA 2016, in addition to new devices and appliances, it is also possible to see very clearly the evolution of technologies available for some time in the market. One of them, no doubt, is water resistance certifications. At this year's fair, I had a chance to meet the people of HZO, a company that specializes in making smartphones, tablets or even computer cards waterproof objects, that's right.

Many smartphones are IPXX certified, which means that these devices have protection against water and dust, for example we have Sony devices that commonly hit the market with IP67 certificate or higher. Traditionally, this water resistance is obtained through careful care of the device's shielded design, rubber protections and other insulation techniques.

However, it has been a while since this technology has evolved. I'm talking here about the technique known for hydrophobic nano coating. In other words, it is a microscopic cover that repels water. This is a substance that, when applied to a surface, prevents water from entering at microscopic levels. If a manufacturer uses this treatment on all components of a smartphone, for example, it will make it impermeable and you could drop it into the water without any problem.

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On the left, the Galaxy S6 that does not have such technology and ends up wetting inside; right, the Raspberry Pi working without any problems when diving, because impermevel

But what makes a manufacturer like Lenovo use such technology in their headsets and Samsung in? Most likely the ultimate price of a smartphone.

The use of technologies that let you have your smartphone in your hands in a swimming pool has been around for some time. But since 2012, HZO has started to apply this treatment to mobile devices, gadgets and wearables.

During the IFA 2016 in Berlin, I had the opportunity to talk to the people at HZO and could even see a completely submerged Raspberry Pi working as normal as what I have at home. Now, unlike this one I saw at the fair, I can't even imagine leaving a glass of water even near it.

In the picture above, you see a Galaxy S6 also submerged, but it does not have HZO component waterproofing technology, and when we look at the device closely, we can easily see how water can make its way into the shell. However, the Galaxy S6 could easily have such certification.

How does the hydrophobic nano coating of HzO?

As stated above, which allows HZO to waterproof electronic appliances technology hydrophobic nano coating. This process is done in a chamber in which the entire surface of the electronic components is exposed and a vapor-applied substance impregnated therein. Thus all parts of the part are protected against liquids.

Several electronics manufacturers such as Dell, Kobo, Nike, Motorola and others bring HZO technology on their devices and hopefully soon other names will be on this list.

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Here we have some boards starting the waterproofing process of its components / HzO

Do you think it is important for companies like HZO to partner with smartphone makers to make their devices waterproof, even if we have an increase in handset value?

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