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According to an international research report* commissioned by Smart UK Project finalist P2i, 51% of phones users expect their mobile handsets to be water-repellent. As users expose their phones to the increasing vagaries of everyday life, including the risk of attack from moisture and corrosion, the survey shows the demand for devices to be water-repellent as standard is apparent.
P2i has developed Aridion, a liquid-repellent nano-coating technology that covers the inside of mobile phones and other consumer electronics devices, protecting the electronics from any liquid contamination. And expectation for more protection is reflected in the survey’s results. It is clear that mobile phone users are very prone to spilling liquid onto their handsets with 30% of the respondents admitting to spilling water, 13% spilling coffee while 8% tea. The results also revealed that men (16%) were clumsier than woman (11%).
But it is not just accidental spillages that can damage a mobile phone. Dr Stephen Coulson at P2i says: “Reflecting the increasing role that they (mobile phones) play in our lives, this survey also found that on average phones are taken out in the rain (64%); in the snow (59%) and even into the shower (8%) and sauna (3%) – all posing a risk of the phone being exposed to moisture which can cause long term damage.
He continues: “There is a very real demand for these devices to be able to keep up with thriving lifestyles. Phones are no longer left on the desk in the office but now accompany us everywhere we go.”
*The research was conducted by Opinion Matter for P2i and was carried out between 10th February 2012 and 17th February 2012, from a sample of 2006 mobile phone owners across the UK, France, Germany, Spain and the U.S.
P2i is exhibiting at Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona: Hall 2, Stand 2E58.