Have you ever dropped your phone in water? Or spilled water in your backpack? If you are the clumsy type like me, carrying around big water bottles all the time, this is a permanent risks factor in your life. The most important thing to remember is DONT SWITCH IT ON! I can’t stress this enough, because in that stressful moment, when you really would like to find out whether you ruined your device, this rule requires a lot of self-discipline. The best strategy is to take the battery out (if you can) and then leave it dry for two days in rice or silica and of course, hope for the best. They will soak up the water and your device will hopefully work again.

But recently , there is another way to solve this issue. A company called Tekdry in the US dries the wet gadgets in special machines that literally pull the water out of them in a vacuum chamber. The customers pay 70 dollars only it the case the procedure was successful, which is a fair price if we consider how much a new phone/ laptop would cost. “TekDry’s machines can dry phones in 30 minutes with an 80 percent success rate if you bring it under 48 hours of getting your phone wet.” Doesn’t it sound like a miracle?

Take a look! I really looks awsome:

This technology is pretty convincing, so as a business student, shouldn’t we consider opening a similar chain in Europe (or even Asia)? Although it sounds like a great opportunity, in a few years probably all our electronic devices will be waterproof. The IPhone 6s has gaskets around the edges and seals around important components to protect the phone from water damage and there are already countless waterproof electronic devices, so the technology already exists.




  1. joonchik says :

    I must admit that this is impressive technology. But as you said, this is a way that manufacturers can distinguish themselves and create a unique selling point for their devices. Seals around important components is just the beginning. Currently coatings already exist that can make the components water repellent, meaning seals will not even be necessary.

    Still I’m wondering why these technologies haven’t been implemened a long time ago. Currently only Sony and Huawei are offering waterproof phones (not counting the Active military grade type phones) and Samsung even removed the feature going from the Galaxy S5 to the S6. Maybe it’s not in their interest to make phones that are more durable?

  2. Martin A. K. says :

    Interesting article! As you mentioned, proof of special coating in the new iphones has been found. They seem to have a significantly greater water resistance, including a 0.3mm wider ‘lip’ around the frame and a silicone seal around the logic boards. Some tech experts believe that the changes may foreshadow a completely waterproof iPhone 7 in 2016.

    So it seems that water repelling solutions are taking on steam, as more and more users say goodbye to their beloved phone, lying in a pile of rice. I always thought they wanted to keep it this way, because you know, someone has to pay for the replacement…


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