By Andrew Liszewski
A bag of rice is the simplest suggestion when it comes to drying out a cellphone or other electronic device that’s taken a plunge, but even if this Dryer Box from JMC Risk Solutions is nothing more than high-tech snake oil, I’d still be willing to give it a shot first. (What can I say? You may have noticed I have an affinity towards high-tech solutions.)
The boxes have been installed in a handful of Yodobashi Camera shops in Tokyo, and if your beloved device has taken on a bit of water all it takes is a 30-minute session inside to dry it out and get it working again. The ‘treatment’ costs 1,000 YEN, or about $12, and even though the manufacturer won’t divulge how it works, I’m more inclined to believe it does since you’re only charged if your device is successfully revived after the 30 minutes.