Saving your smart phone: How an Indiana idea can bring waterlogged technology back to life
Last Updated: 82 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - A new invention that may be in stores early next year could save your precious smart phone, digital camera or other electronic device from water damage. It's the idea of an Indiana man and may end up saving you hundreds of dollars, aggravation and lots of lost time.
It happens an estimated 80,000 times a day. It happened to Theresa Trusty, who washing-machined her phone that contained valuable videos of her children.
"I cried for several hours until Joel met me at the phone store," Theresa said.
"I took her to the phone store and bought her another phone,” her husband, Joel, said. “But that didn't fix the problem."
Joel could buy his wife a new phone but he couldn't retrieve the video, pictures and data stored on her phone.
"I realized I just promised my wife that I'd work on drying out this phone, so I had to come up with a starting point," Joel said.
That was 18 months ago, and Joel, along with a partner, have come up with a prototype of what they hope can be found in drugstores, supermarkets and big box stores next year. Their company, called Revive Electronics, promises to bring a waterlogged phone back from electronic death.
Joel said they’ve created the ability to extract water away from phones at near room temperature without damaging the electronic device.
Joel said his Revive Machine turns water to gas with an over 95-percent success rate as long as you don't plug the phone in before reviving it. It’s an average 25-minute-long process that dried a phone completely.
"We've successfully done key fobs (and) hearing aids. It's not limited to cell phones,” Joel said. “Cell phones are the device that started the whole thing and we feel that's the biggest market to go after."
Before now, water to a cell phone was like kryptonite to Superman. But if Revive gets off the ground, it could potentially save consumers hundreds of dollars in damaged smartphones.
Trusty said that he also plans to build each revive machine here in indiana. No word yot on how much it will cost to revive a smartphone but he says it will be affordable.
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