You should use the Apple Watch to keep track of your fitness activities… unless, that is, those fitness activities involve swimming. Although the Apple Watch is water resistant, it doesn’t come close to being waterproof and you probably shouldn’t even take a shower while wearing it, let alone submerse it underwater. However, The Unofficial Apple Weblog directs our attention to a company called Liquipel that plans to offer a special nano-coating that you’ll be able to put on the Apple Watch to make it waterproof.
“With the emergence of wearable tech like the Apple Watch, the need for a water repellent coating is greater than ever as these devices will be in constant danger of coming in contact with liquids and humidity,” Liquipel cofounder Danny McPhail tells TUAW. “Liquipel is excited to offer our Watersafe nano-coating to customers who are seeking that extra level of protection to help save their wearable tech from unexpected encounters with liquids. Be on the lookout for our wearable technology treatment option on our site in the coming months so you can protect your new Apple Watch.”
No pricing information on this Apple Watch coating has been released so far but we can see that Liquipel for your phone and MP3 player costs $60, so we’d imagine it would be something less than that for a smaller device like a smartwatch. Either way, we can certainly see Michael Phelps investing in this product if he happens to pick up an Apple Watch for himself next year.