The Kindle Fire (and Nook Tablet, for that matter) are perfect travel companions. They store your books, movies, music, and apps, and run on the plane’s WiFi so you could even browse the web at 30,000 feet.
But a few users are reporting that their new Kindle Fires are being damaged after going through X-ray machines at airport TSA checkpoints. While the X-ray machine isn’t exactly to blame, according to an expert, it can be a factor.
Professor Daping Chu, chairman of the University of Cambridge centre for Advanced Photonics, says thatstatic electricity is likely the culprit . He says:
“I don’t think the radiation used in an airport scanner would ever be strong enough to damage an electronic ink display. . . . But you can get a buildup of static inside these machines, caused by the rubber belt rubbing. If that charge were to pass through a Kindle, it’s conceivable that it could damage the screen. . . . A static charge from an airport scanner could be 100 volts or more. That could permanently stick the particles to the screen.”
Kindles, tablets, laptops, cameras and thousands of other devices pass through airport X-ray machines every day, but one way to be totally sure your new Kindle Fire won’t be damaged due to static electricity is to leave it in your bag when going through TSA checkpoints. Any electronic items smaller than a 13-inch laptop don’t need to be removed from your bag when going through the X-ray machine anyway, so this should make your trip move that much smoother.
This article originally published at GeekSugar here.
AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 – NUO, designers of technology cases for today’s fashionistas and mobile professionals, introduces a collection of molded sleeves for iPad, Kindle, eReaders and Tablets. Built of chemical free, breathable materials tailored to exceed the demands of the most demanding travel environments, the new sleeves come in three color combinations. The Nuo Molded Sleeve for iPad will be available October 2011.
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Since the brand’s inception in 2008, Nuo has led the industry in fashion carrying solutions. With the creation of the new Nuo Molded Sleeves for iPad, Nuo expands their collection of laptop bags, sleeves and cases while staying true to their commitment of environmental value and responsibility. The new sleeves are made of a material called METRIC 66 which is chemical free – NO HARMFUL SUBSTANCES unlike neoprene which does contain harmful chemicals.
“At Nuo, we are a mobile technology and travel lifestyle company made up of people just like you. We are creative innovators in the field of mobile carrying cases, travel goods and accessories. We believe that being a great company means more than creating great products…it means extending creativity and passion into everything we do.” says Ty Rarick, Nuo Founder and Vice President. “We care about and are committed to improving social and environmental causes and we will actively encourage, build and partner with our customers to develop initiatives that result in a better world in which we live, work and play.”
The Nuo Molded Sleeves for iPad will be available in October 2011. For more information, please visit ShopNuo.com.
We recently introduced a new collection of molded sleeves for iPad, Kindle, eReaders and Tablets. The new sleeves are made of a material called METRIC 66. So what exactly is METRIC 66 and what makes it different than neoprene?
METRIC 66 is a protective molded foam material that is actually used in swimwear and intimate apparel. Since the material is easily molded, we can create authentic designer impressions on the product such as the ones pictures above. In addition, METRIC 66 is a breathable, lighweight fabric. Why does this matter? Since it is breathable, it will not overheat or trap the heat from your gadgets like the standard neoprene sleeves/cases that are on the market today.
Do you care about the environment? We do. METRIC 66 is chemical free – NO HARMFUL SUBSTANCES unlike neoprene which does contain harmful chemicals.
Want to learn more about the new collection of molded sleeves for iPad, Kindle, eReaders and Tablets? See it live here!