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The SUB: Underwater Android phones are just what we need…

Is it a Tron lightcycle? A Covenant weapon from Halo: Reach? Nope, it’s a smartphone, that can apparently be used when going out for a swim.

This wrist-mounted and multi-coloured touchscreen phone is known only as the SUB and is the work of Round Trip Investments.

We’re not sure if it’s an in-development piece of kit or just a concept but the listed spec makes for an interesting if baffling read.

The water and shock-proof SUB reportedly runs on Android 2.2/Froyo, has a 3.5-inch screen and a virtual Qwerty that comes with Swype pre-installed.

Calls are made via an external speaker and wireless Bluetooth. Presumably this is not when you’re underwater, unless there’s also a hybrid snorkel/Bluetooth headset in the pipeline.

There’s a 5-megapixel camera for taking pictures of angelfish or the bottom of the swimming pool and a GPS unit to help you find out where you are.

While we reckon a durable, wrist-mounted sat-nav device could be useful for the avid mountain biker, we can’t see why anyone in their right minds would use this anywhere else; it’s definitely up there with the touchscreen watchphone in the nice-idea-on-paper stakes.

Alternatively it’d be a great accessory if you were going to a party dressed as Buzz Lightyear, or for when the first inevitable nu-rave revival kicks off in a couple of years’ time.

[Source: Round Trip Investments]


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