Living in an HZO Protected World
By Ryan Moore
When I first interviewed for my job at HZO almost three years go, there was one part of the interview that really stuck with me. It was not the opportunity to expand my knowledge and have new responsibilities. Nor was it the excitement to work in the fast paced consumer electronics market. No, all of these things were of course important and lured me to the job, but the real hook was the demo.
After my sit down interview, an HZO Protected iPhone 4S was brought out and dunked in a glass container of water to showcase the technology. No case, no plugs. The water entered the phone like it was meant to happen, as if there was nothing wrong with this scenario. My mind, however, was saying otherwise. I reacted just like I have seen thousands of people when I have done the same demo. In disbelief. I picked the phone out of the water and felt the weird sensation of highly polished glass and metal in my hands with a brightly glowing, functioning screen.
After hours of trade show demos and continued marketing of the product, I regret to say that, as with all new things, the excitement and disbelief has worn off. That is not necessarily a bad thing. My mind has now morphed to not view electronics and water as great adversities, but allies instead. I feel I have been able to see a glimpse in to the future of an HZO Protected World.
Often times people ask if my work phone is HZO Protected. The answer is of course a resounding yes as I get to experience the technology outside of the confines of a 10×10 trade show booth. Last summer my family and I backpacked the Narrows in Zion National Park in Utah. Dependent upon the time of year, this hike is famous for deep pockets of water that can be wet and treacherous for hikers…and electronics. Undaunted, I brought my HZO Protected iPhone 5 and braved the heat, dirt and drench of the environment. Wading through water with my iPhone in my cargo pocket, the phone was submerged and exposed to environment that normally would kill the device in seconds. Instead, I was able to capture great photos and have a phone on hand in case of an emergency, all thanks to HZO Protection.
The list goes on with underwater video of my daughter swimming to my wife and in-laws riding Splash Mountain in Disneyland and attempting to stuff their phones into a plastic bag to preserve their phones but still attempt to capture the moment. I handed over my HZO Protected phone and they put it to the test with smiling results.
I say all of this to let you know what the future holds. Sometimes it is interesting to be placed in between two worlds where I’m now maybe a little too careless with electronics around water because it seems like they should function as they do in an HZO Protected World. HZO is continuing to march towards that goal and I’m proud to be a part of it.
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