Tripping over a laptop cord. Juggling a cup of hot tea in one hand and a video camera in the other. Lobbing a cell phone off the side of a boat. Our lives are fraught with danger, and even more so when it comes to our technology. I, for one, have brought down two cell phones, one iBook and a handful of cameras to clumsiness.
A cup of coffee destroyed a friend’s laptop in college. She was rushing to finish her thesis, and tipped a steaming latte onto her keyboard. Two weeks and one seriously angry advisor later, her information had been transferred to a new computer.
Tech designers are finally listening to consumers’ requests for tougher laptops, cameras, phones and even watches. Read on to learn about some of the products getting rough and ready in our slippery world.