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Drop Your Phone in the Sink – We Dare You

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Charles Murray
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Re: Excellent Application!
Charles Murray   1/29/2013 9:29:30 PM
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Ann, what about immersion of the device (such as in Daryl's toilet scenario)? Can this coating protect against immesion damage?

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Phone in the Sink
apresher   1/29/2013 9:28:26 PM
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Given the consumer product nature of cell phones, it seems unlikely that they will withstand submersion in water any time soon. Would be a great thing but probably cost prohibitive.

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Dave Palmer   1/29/2013 6:51:57 PM
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@NadineJ: Anything associated with an increased cancer risk should be taken seriously, but I think that the evidence of a link between cell phone use and cancer is very weak.  Non-ionizing radiation doesn't cause DNA damage, as far as we know.

On the other hand, there is more credible evidence of a possible link between perfluorinated compounds and cancer.  So applying a perfluorinated coating to your cell phone could concievably increase, rather than decrease, your cancer risk.

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NadineJ   1/29/2013 6:33:51 PM
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Ann-I completely agree with your comment in the article.  If they can figure out how to apply this in the post-consumer market, it would be great.  I'd even bring my ipod.

Any "anti-cancer" protection would increase interest too.  I just listened to a very disturbing interview about the rise in breast cancer in teen girls and 20-something women who stash their phones in their bras.

For now, being able to make a call in the rain without fear is enough for me.

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Dave Palmer   1/29/2013 3:07:03 PM
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@williamlweaver: Somehow, I doubt that the real-life equipment is exactly as it is portrayed in the video.  For one thing, the "on" button in the video looks too much like an e-stop switch... definitely a safety concern!

But the equipment is anything like this, then setting up a kiosk in a mall to apply this stuff would be a great investment. (Especially if you could manage to locate your kiosk directly outside of Best Buy).

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Ann R. Thryft   1/29/2013 2:51:22 PM
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william, that's much how I saw it: the deposition device does appear to be refrigerator-sized. However, I don 't think the process is likely to be a DIY-friendly one, which is why I was thinking of a Kinko's-type franchise, like your technical assisted model.

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It is about time!
Elizabeth M   1/29/2013 2:44:26 PM
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Yes, I have always wondered why computers and devices could be so sophisticated electronically but not be tougher when it comes to their external materials. I always thought if you pay such good money for these devices they should be water proof! Ask me what happens when I spilled a bit of water on my MacBook Pro a couple of years ago and wrangled a $750 fix (new logicboard, trackpad, harddrive and keyboard...new Mac, practically!) out of my AppleCare plan. I still wouldn't exactly go surfing with my mobile phone shoved into my wetsuit, but it would be nice if a bit of liquid on the device didn't kill it or damage it. Interesting story, Ann.

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Excellent Application!
williamlweaver   1/29/2013 1:33:36 PM
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Excellent Application, Ann! If the deposition device is as it appears in the video, about the size of a refrigerator, I can see a huge aftermarket for DIY or even technician-assisted "retrofitting" for all of your consumer electronics. I guess eventually everybody's stuff would be protected, but it would be a great short-term service! I wonder where you go to get a franchise... (thinking of Robin Williams sitting in a Photobooth...)

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Re: RDT (Reclamation of device from toilet) process
Ann R. Thryft   1/29/2013 12:45:14 PM
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Daryl, my first draft was titled "Drop Your Phone in the Toilet", but I figured it might not get past the censors--just kidding. So, are you going to tell us more about your RDT device and the process you use?

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RDT (Reclamation of device from toilet) process
Daryl   1/29/2013 10:25:49 AM
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I have had multiple experiences with my children putting their cellphones through the toilet plunge. I have developed a RDT (reclamation of device from toilet) process that is 100 effective much to the happiness of my offspring so they didn't lose their contact list.

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