Ok not really, but it could have “environmental superpowers.” It’s still as cool as it sounds; imagine dropping your phone in the Mods, or a cup of
happy juice water, and it coming out in perfect working order.
I guess there’s a slight catch; you’d have to go out and buy the Samsung Galaxy S4 in the rugged, dust-proof, waterproof version when it gets released in the near future. But even if that doesn’t convince you to switch, there are plenty of other consumers that Samsung is after. A rugged version of their new smartphone could bring in business from military and government contracts, a sector that Samsung wants to steal share from Apple and BlackBerry.
Lucky for the rest of us ordinary citizens, there are companies out there ready to make our cell phones more durable. Liquipel is a company based in
the best place on earth southern California that wants to waterproof phones both before and after market. That means you can either buy a pretreated smartphone directly from their site (side note: did you know Pharrell Williams was 40 years old? Crazyy) or wait for one of their new handy-dandy machines to come to a mall near you. The company is offering its 4ft by 4ft “Liquipods” for shops that want to provide the Liquipel treatment themselves. You, as a customer with a phone that has no keyboard (lol BlackBerries), can have your device treated right in front of you for approximately $60. Yesssss, finally a kiosk worth stopping for. The Liquipel 2.0 treatment achieved a liquid protection rating of IPX7, which means devices can be immersed at a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes.
Another company called Waterfi offers the same service using a dual layer technology that protects your item to a IPX8 level, which means its safe to constantly submerge it like while swimming, surfing, underwater whale watching, mermaid catching, you name it. They currently only sell premade products (iPods, Kindles) but it’s possible that you could contact them and ask for a custom job that will make your iPhone (nearly) indestructible.
So this is one situation where there isn’t an app for, and the superpowers don’t include x-ray vision (yet) or mind-reading (it’s debatable). But we have the next best thing with start-up companies hoping to win your heart by endowing your phone with the ability to take Instagram pics in a whole ‘nother element, pun intended.