–NavELite, makers of a patented backlit magnetic compass, has signed an agreement with HzO, Inc., a provider of a patented, award winning WaterBlock™ technology used to protect electronics from damage due to moisture, water and small debris.
The newly formed partnership will allow NavELite to produce their wrist-worn, back-lit magnetic compasses with non-toxic coating applied through a vacuum deposition process to prevent water damage. HzO’s proprietary technology protects and seals the unit with a uniform film application without changing the compass appearance or weight. The WaterBlock™ is applied to the internal assemblies, wrapping the components in a protective, transparent, microscopically thin film layer.
NavELite and HzO are developing a wrist-worn WaterBlocked compass based on customers’ demand for a compass that can withstand heavy humidity and the occasional submersion in water. In early testing, the WaterBlock™ compass EL panels not only lit after submersion but worked while submerged. The new compass will also feature the HzO embossed logo on the wrist strap of all WaterBlocked wrist-worn compasses. Other future projects for the new partners include adding HzO highlights to NavELite’s ongoing mobile application projects. The new WaterBlocked compasses will be arriving in 2013.
“This cutting-edge WaterBlock™ technology will benefit the men and women of the U.S. military, in addition to consumers throughout the world who use our compass for navigational purposes – often in extreme conditions – when survival counts,” said Andrew Wilson, Chief Executive Officer of NavELite.