PocketBook Aqua, Aura Kobo H2O: Waterproof eBook Reader is the biggest innovation in dedicated reading devices this year. Other models are in the works. At the IFA was to see how far the development is already: to want to prevent the entry of water at any cost instead with new housings, can be about a small modified Kindle Paperwhite 2 even water harm inside the display
. The US company HZO, in his own words world leader in “electronic devices against liquids protect”, demonstrated at the Berlin Radio Exhibition an iPhone and a Kindle Paperwhite 2 in a water bath. The housings of the devices were not modified or sealed, on the contrary, the devices were even filled up with water. Nevertheless, there was no funktoinalen problems.
HZO protects devices from the inside instead of the outside, dedicated by the critical components to the printed circuit boards (PCBs) obtained a protective Nano coating. The procedure is similar to the sold by Waterfi Waterproof Kindle Paperwhite 2 (for 240 U.S. dollars, representing $ 110 charge for “normal” model), but much fine-grained and already in mass production feasible.
A HZO manager told us in an interview, also eBook reader manufacturers were among the customers of the company. Even in this or next month is a protected with HZO technology e-ink reader come on the market, these are not expressly order the Kobo Aura H2O. Details of manufacturer or product understandably refused HZO with reference to the confidentiality of customer relations. It is conceivable, though, that we will see in the e-reading segment in the coming months many new releases with IP certification – perhaps even soon as a standard feature