Xperias can tell when they are under water, and Sony has the apps to prove it

August 12, 2014

Sony -- Underwater Apps -- Sink Sunk - YouTube 001579

High-end Sony devices can take a dunk or two. If you’re willing to push your luck, you could even try leaving an Xperia on the seabed for 6 weeks, like this Swedish tourist did. Spoiler: the phone lived to tell the story.

Now Sony wants you to know that its devices can actually tell when they are submerged in water, though we’re left scratching our heads about the usefulness of the feature. To detect submersion, select Xperia devices emit an inaudible tone and pick it up through the microphones – based on the different propagation speed, the devices can differentiate between air and water.

To showcase the functionality, Sony created six simple apps, exclusively available in the US for the Xperia Z and Xperia Z1S. You can check the collection in the Play Store here – in case you can’t access it, you aren’t missing out on much – in Goldie, for instance, you’ll have to save a fishy from asphyxiation by dunking the phone in water. Seriously, that’s it. The slightly more engaging Sink Sunk lets you race submarines, of course, only when the phone is submerged.

Gimmicky as they are, the apps are proofs of concept, and Sony hopes developers will further the technology by using an open source water detection library on Github. So in the future, the functionality could let you do more than play with submarines in the bathtub. Perhaps a camera app that can tell when you’re in the pool and change settings automatically? Any other ideas?

Comments

  • Christoforos Panos

    One use could be for disabling the touchscreen when submerged?

    • crutchcorn

      And see, now we’re thinking! :P

    • joser116

      If you read the article, Sony is making games to play while the touchscreen is submerged.

    • Mike Reid

      How about flashing the screen and making noise to allow the phone to be found ?

      Sending SMSs with depth and GPS location ?

  • joser116

    Wow, talk about being confident in your waterproofing abilities.

    • crutchcorn

      Well they should be…

    • Doge

      Wow, much doge.

  • crutchcorn

    They should use this to automatically set phone into water mode when submerged

  • Aka

    Terrorists will love this
    “..self exploding phone when plunged into water..”

    • Christoforos Panos

      Yes, because having a timer or call, or message based trigger is not enough….

      • Steve Brain

        Be creative: Bluetooth or WiFi based remote detonator.
        It’s only a matter of time!
        Only problem is: testing the app would be a BITCH

        • Mike Reid

          Umm… How about just swapping an LED for the detonator…

          BTW, FBI visit yet ? ;)

          • Steve Brain

            No just the ATF but they got jack shit. I was forewarned.
            Gonna go blow up some kindergartens, brb.