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January 09, 2013

Nanotechnology from Liquipel Can Save Your Smartphone Next time it Takes a Dive

Although we like to think our smartphones and mobile devices can do anything, they have vulnerabilities that can cripple them permanently. One of these vulnerabilities is liquid, and the damage it can do to electronics. So any product claiming to protect our lifeline – smartphones – from damage caused by water, or any other liquid, is surely to get our attention. Liquipel 2.0 is the next generation of the product made by Liquipel, the company making the claim about protecting these devices from water damage using nanotechnology.

Nanotechnology is the science, engineering and the technology that is performed at the nanoscale - from one to 100 nanometers. This technology can be used in engineering, chemistry, biology, physics and material science. The benefit and full impact of nanotechnology will literally change how we do everything when the full potential is achieved.

Today, Liquipel has used nanotechnology to molecularly bond a liquid-repellant coating that can last forever because it becomes part of the device. Once the product is on your device, you cannot tell the difference and you will not be able to see it with your naked eye. The look, feel and performance of the device will not be affected.

The company’s waterproof phones and media players include the Apple iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC (News - Alert) One X and an additional 25 devices. If you have one of these devices you pay $59 plus the cost of shipping and you mail it to the company. When it gets there, they place the phone in a vacuum-sealed chamber and inject it with a carbon-based hydrophobic gas.

This is where the nano part comes in, as the particles that bond to every part of the phone is one thousandth the thickness of a human hair. Thirty minutes later your device is waterproof and it has one less vulnerability. It will be protected from accidental water or other liquid damage as well as corrosion to the components. The product has been tested by many organizations and Popular Science has named it in its annual Best of What’s New awards.

The new generation, Liquipel 2.0, is debuting at the 2013 CES (News - Alert) in Las Vegas. "Liquipel version 2.0 is a huge advancement for super-hydrophobic nanotechnology. The release of 2.0 represents our ongoing R&D commitment to advancing our technology and products. Innovation is the key to our success. Our customers have reconfirmed that the science behind 2.0 places us at the forefront of the industry," said Danny McPhail, Liquipel's head of product development and co-founder.

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