The Waterproof Mobile Phone
Hurrah. The waterproof mobile phone is almost here. Last week Murata launched a 0.9 mm thick piezoelectric loudspeaker that is waterproof, and says a quarter of all mobile phones launched in Japan this year will be waterproof.
Who cares, some of you say - marking yourselves out as those careful souls who have never ruined a mobile by drowning it.
But for the less careful – or the outrageously careless like me who’s dropped one mobile in the bath and gone swimming with another in the pocket of my trunks – this is liberation.
Because once you’ve done it, once you’ve ruined a phone this way, you get a paranoid about doing it again.
It’s not entirely about ruining the phone, more because it ruins the contents of the SIM card which are not easily replicable.
Nowadays, when I go swimming – every time I go swimming – I check my pockets for a mobile.
Thanks to Murata, this paranoid fussing now becomes a thing of the past.
It’s another of those niggling worries which can be laid to rest forever – like worrying about being beaten by a schoolmaster, getting prematurely excited with a girl, or being taken off after you’ve only bowled one over.
Murata’s design puts a rubber film into the speaker, leaving the output sound holes open. The width of the metal frame housing the speaker has been increased to improve the seal between the metal frame and the chassis, stopping water getting in.
Thanks, Murata, for paranoia-free bathing and swimming.
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