A San Antonio startup is preparing to introduce a product that everybody has had a use for at one time or another, 1200 WOAI news reports.
David Naumann is opening a chain of 'Dry Box Rescue Stations' at malls and other locations. The stations will rescue a phone which has been dropped into a swimming pool, a sink, or, as happens in too many instances, into a toilet.
Naumann says the current remedy which is making its way on the Internet, putting your wet phone in a bowl of rice, is problematic at best.
"Who wants to have their phone sit for a couple of days, never knowing whether it is fully dry," he told 1200 WOAI's Michael Board.
The way DryBox works...if you can get your phone to a DryBox Rescue Station within 36 hours of it's immersion in water, he says in 75 to 80 percent of cases, the system can dry your phone out and have you texting and calling again.
"The number of wet phones has been increasing every year, and it can be a bad experience, but we have a solution for that," he said.
Naumann says you put your phone into the self-service unit, swipe a credit card (the service costs between $30 and $50), and he says it uses a combination of heat and UV rays do their magic and your phone is booting up within a half hour. He says DryBox locations will also have a 'manual unit,' meaning a technician will be on hand to walk you through the process.
"You swipe your credit card, the chamber automatically opens, you take your phone or your device inside of it, and we hope in thirty minutes we will give somebody a working phone again," he said.
The device will work with iPhones and Galaxy Phones, and even iPad Airs. He hopes to have DryBox units out there soon which will dry out other water-fouled electronic gadgets as well.
The first device will go in at North Star Mall later this month.