While we certainly raved about the Motorola Defy, and dipped it in various beverages after consuming a goodly amount ourselves, it’s far from perfect. It’s water resistsant and depends on the ports being covered by flimsy rubber covers, which is easily forgotten when you drop it in someone’s pint. Yet it’s the best available so far.

Yet soon, all devices could potentially become waterproof with the new Waterblock™ coating from HzO that was unveiled at the recent CES in Las Vegas. This new technology coats the insides of your devices with a nanotechnology coating that renders them waterproof. This can be applied, at the manufacturer’s end, to anything from mobiles to tablets and this sort of protection will without a doubt become standard for outdoor electronics in the next few years.

This could mean the increased use of lightweight tablets in place of your usual GPS devices, or perhaps they’ll look more like tablets? Without a doubt, having an A4 electronic map on a tablet can’t be compared to the small screens on most GPS devices and is only bettered by a proper paper map (which itself has drawbacks). With tablets now commonplace, were they to be made waterproof I’m sure more would be tempted to try them out on the hill.

As usual, when we’re feeling lazy, there’ a nice little video we poached off the internet that demonstrates the coating in action on an ipod and a speaker that still works while immersed.

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