Everyone has a story like mine. I took the kids to a friend's house to swim in their pool. I slipped my cell phone into my swimsuit pocket in case my wife or work needed to reach me. And that's exactly where it was — in my pocket — when I cannonballed into the pool. I tried the "bag of rice" method for reviving the drowned phone, but ended up with a dead gadget that resembled a robotic California roll. Like millions of fellow morons who have dropped their phone in the pool, a puddle or — yes — the toilet, I would gladly pay an extra few bucks for a waterproof phone. Now when are they coming out with the idiot-proof model?
- Applegate, Michael. The Salt Lake Tribune. "Utah's HzO hopes to deliver waterproofing for gadgets by 2013." July 12, 2012 (Sept. 28, 2012) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/54403393-79/hzo-waterblock-clayson-electronics.html.csp
- Chansanchai, Athima. NBCnews.com. "Toilet is No. 1 cause for losing your smartphone contacts" (Sept. 28, 2012) http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/technolog/toilet-no-1-cause-losing-your-smartphone-contacts-121993
- Gartner. "Gartner Says Consumers Will Spend $2.1 Trillion on Technology Products and Services Worldwide in 2012." July 26, 2012 (Sept. 28, 2012) http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=2094015
- Golijan, Rosa. NBCnews.com. "Survey: People like taking their phones into the bathroom" (Sept. 28, 2012) http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/technolog/survey-people-taking-their-phones-bathroom-123668
- Yoguchi, Yuki. NPR. "Dropped Calls: When Cell Phone Meets Toilet." December 11, 2008 (Sept. 28, 2012) http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=98132244