We flew out to CES 2013 with expectations of wireless charging gadgets, mobile Intel processors and plenty of smart watches, but we had no clue waterproof gadgets would be on the agenda. Turns out, we can’t predict everything. From Sony’s puddle-proof Xperia Z smartphone to new beach-ready, water-tight cases from Griffin and Otterbox, here are the CES 2013 gadgets that make your fears of water damage obsolete.
No need to panic if you drop the Sony Xperia Z in the toilet. The glass-polycarbonate chassis on this 5-inch smartphone can survive up to 30 minutes in a meter of water. Sure, it can't go diving in the Barrier Reef with you, but its waterproofing will keep the phone alive if you drop it in a bathtub or puddle or douse it with coffee. Plus it can stream Bluetooth from inside a fish tank. And if you’re caught in the rain, the Xperia's 1080p Bravia-enhanced screen will register your touch despite all the cascading rainwater.