Water and personal electronics are probably the two most essential elements in this modern life, yet the two don't get along very well at all. Drop your Blackberry in the drink--or even simply spill your coffee on it--and often enough that's the end of your device. A California-based company called Liquipel feels your pain, and has devised a clever nanotech solution to the water-meets-brand-new-iPhone problem via a thin, clear coating that causes water to wick right off the guts of your gadgets.
Liquipel--that's the name of both the company and the product--covers devices inside and out with a transparent coating thinner than a human hair that causes water to bead right off their previously moisture-sensitive elements. Properly sealed up with Liquipel, the company claims a smartphone can survive full submergence in water. And just to prove the point, you can see a new Liquipel-treated iPhone 4S back up that claim in the video below.
Liquipel is at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week hoping to talk some major electronics manufacturers into pre-treating their consumer electronics with its coating before the devices hit store shelves. But if you've already got a device you're attached to, Liquipel will happily coat it for you. Smartphone treatments start at 60 bucks--that's not so bad to insure that your texting-over-the-toilet debacle doesn't result in another $400 trip to the Apple Store.
I can't watch the video here at work, but what qualifies "Survives full submergence"? Could I potentially turn my iPhone into an underwater camera?!
I approve!... but I'll let you try it first.
Sounds similar to NeverWet from Ross Nanotechnology.
The phone is fully submerged in the water and continues to run the entire time. He takes it out of the water and switches screens a few times then drops it back into the water.
So to answer your question your iphone can now be an underwater camera.
My droid razr has this...I have not tested it but it is nice because I left it out in the rain and it was still 100% pretty sweet
Ok. But what about the dock connector? The metal contacts have to be accessible for charging and such. Also would this coating be applied to the speaker and microphone, and how much audio loss would your device suffer?
as to my understanding they are coated with a non corrosive something or other...the main reason I never tried submerging my phone is just as you mentioned the connectors because if those corrode is all over no matter how water prove your phone is....as far as the audio its some of the best I have ever had on a phone very clear and crisp and the camera works great...I saw a youtube video of a guy that was taking pictures with his droid razr under water was pretty cool
while corrosion would be a problem, I think that the connectors can be treated with this stuff too. actually, you would HAVE to be able to coat the connectors, otherwise the waterproofing was pointless.
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My specific question, being a computer tech, and I am aware this won't matter quite so much with phones, but how does this effect heating and cooling? If someone were to do this with a laptop of decent specs, would this overheat it?
i suggest everyone who owns an iphone to try this right now....haha iphone sucks!!!! microsoft and sony phones for the win!!!!!!!!
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So how do you apply this product? Do you spray it around like aerosol? Is it biologically safe? Can I spray my clothes, or anything else I could think of, with this product and make it waterproof too?
How do you scrub it off when you accidentally sprayed stuff you shouldn't have, and does the coating degrade over time forcing you to reapply the coating?
Can the coating repair itself?
NeverWet is far superior to this stuff. From the looks of it, with Liquipel, the phone is still somewhat wet, just kept from touching water too much, more like RainEx or however it's spelled. With NeverWet, it's literally impossible for water to touch the treated item. It rolls off like nobody's business. Way better than this.
You still have to worry about rust on the case if any parts are made out of metal, unless of course if ever single part is coated first
it can be fake because when he poured the water, the force should have opened something on the phone
I got Liquipel on my iPhone 4 back in June and it’s saved it from getting destroyed at least three times. I even dropped it in a bubbling jacuzzi and it survived. I’ve been a believer ever since. You can’t tell anything has been done to it either, it comes back all clean in a nice metal container with a microfiber pouch. None of the water sensor stickers changed color when it got wet so even if it fails I can get a new phone from Apple. All in all I’d say its worth the $59. You no longer have to worry about losing a phone over a spilled drink or a little rain. Just makes you feel good.
Liquipel is going to be at CES again this year can’t wait to check out the show, I hear rumors of a machine doing free treatments at the show. Heck yeah!