Jan 17th, 2012

Waterproofed devices made a big splash at this year’s CES with companies like Fujitsu showing off smartphones and tablets that could be completely submerged in water all while never missing a tweet or status update.

A few months ago, we told you about Zagg’s new venture in HzO, a company with waterproofing technology that protects a device on a molecular level, shielding sensitive internal components by blocking the harmful effects of moisture and liquid. Now, I don’t understand all the technicals behind it (I don’t need to) but I immediately went for my wallet, ready to give Zagg a fist full of cash. The only problem is during CES last week, Zagg revealed that the process wouldn’t be as simple as shipping off your current device for weather proofing and instead would be shopping around for big name device manufacturers (like Samsung and Apple) to incorporate their technology in upcoming devices — some of which could debut later this year.

That’s all fine and dandy but what about the smartphone currently in your pocket? Well, Zagg wasn’t the only company showing off their waterproofing skills at CES. Another company called Liquipel stepped into the ring with some waterproofing tech of their own and unlike Zagg, it’s not only available right now but pretty affordable as well. For only $60, you can ship off your device to Liquipel who, after a few days, will ship your device back to your completely waterproofed.

Unfortunately, due to an “overwhelming response,” it seems Liquipel’s site has been overloaded with order requests. I’d imagine the process takes sometime so lets hope everything gets situated. In the meantime, I’ll continue watching their demo videos like the one below and wonder what could have been…

[Liquipel | HzO | Pocket-Lint via BriefMobile]