Last week, CES 2012 occurred in Las Vegas and during the show some pretty interesting concept technologies were demoed. Turns out, Apple may actually maybe interested in one of them. Today, Pocket-lint reports that HzO, a Utah based company, was showing off its “WaterBlock” technology for providing water resistance to mobile devices at last week’s CES. Rumor has it that Apple might be talking to them about the possibility of including the technology in future iPhones and other devices. In addition, copy-cat Samsung is also reportedly “excited” by the technology (no surprise here).
“We showed the Samsung Chairman the technology with a Samsung Galaxy S that we had coated with HZO and he couldn’t believe his eyes,” a representative of the company told us. “Samsung is really excited by the tech.”
The company has told us that they are also talking to Apple as well, hoping to be able to let Apple make the iPhone 5 waterproof.
“We expect HZO to be in next season’s phones,” HZO told Pocket-lint rather confidently.
The WaterBlock technology consists of a coating applied to the interior device components to help them resist water damage. The coating is applied during the manufacturing process and is not visible to the user. I’m assuming people don’t drop their devices in water often, but regardless, this technology will be a money saver if integrated. Also, about time don’t you think! HzO also says that WaterBlock is a non-toxic, organic material that is safe for people to use. It also doesn’t change the aesthetics of a device or add any weight. Sounds magical to me!
However, it should be noted that it is difficult to tell how serious Apple’s discussions with the company might be, and any relevant conversations probably would be extremely confidential.