A software developer has come up with an ingenious method to test the water resistance of mobile phones, using a sensor found in the configuration of any smartphone.
Apparent, with encouraging results, the application intuitively named Water Resistance Tester (available for free in the Google Play Store), can evaluate the integrity of your smartphone case in seconds, determining the likelihood that your device will still meet IP67 / IP68 water protection specifications.
All you have to do is start the application and press firmly (not exaggeratedly) on the center of the screen, when prompted. Apparently, the application uses the device’s own barometer sensor to measure the variation of the air pressure inside the phone case, while pressing / releasing its screen.
Specifically, if the air pressure measured with the barometer sensor changes too little, or does not persist at a high level while you press the phone screen, this may indicate a weak seal of the housing and, implicitly, poor protection against accidental ingress of liquids.
Even with a negative result, you should not completely disregard the water resistance of your phone, as its construction can still provide sufficient protection against accidental water splashing. However, if you plan to take your phone with you to the beach to take pictures above or underwater, you may need to reconsider.
In the happiest case, a perfect IP68 protection score will give you enough confidence to film with your phone underwater, but only at your own risk.
Even if you are already convinced of the tightness of your phone, Water Resistance Tester it could protect you from unfortunate accidents, in the event that you did not press the SIM / microSD card slot well enough, the application detecting the tightness problems very well.
Perhaps in the future smartphone manufacturers will natively integrate this very useful functionality, especially since it is based on hardware already present in the configuration of many mobile phones.
Source: Go4IT by www.go4it.ro.
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