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  2. Water-resistant phones? Yes, please. 

    Sony’s flagship phone for 2013, the Xperia Z, comes with a 5-inch HD display, runs a glitzy version of Android, and is only 7.9mm thick — stuff we’ve come to expect from most high-end phones. What makes this one special is that its connection ports (Micro USB, micro-SD, and its SIM card) are all hidden under little panels to make the Z water resistant — you can dunk the thing in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes at a time. You’re probably not the type to bring your phone into the tub — or are you? Either way, this sort of water-resistant technology will hopefully become common enough that we don’t have to worry about our phones on rainy days or on trips to the beach

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  3. Using wind power to generate electricity is nothing new. But the AIRE mask takes the windmill concept and shrinks it to your face, using tiny wind turbines to harness the air you exhale when you run to power your cell phone. “Besides saving energy and helping environmental preservation, it also encourages physical exercise,” says Joco Paulo Lammoglia, the device’s creator. 6 other strange ways to power your cellphone (because plugging it into the wall is just too easy)

     

  4. Prone to dropping your iPhone? What if there were a way for unsightly scratches to disappear, on their own? That’s the promise of a new type of phone case designed by car manufacturer Nissan for klutzy smartphone addicts. Check out the iPhone case that repairs itself