Liquipel, claims that they can make your SmartPhones waterproof, without the need for a case. The above pictures shows an iPhone covered with a “nano” water resistant bonding, which protects the device for water and dirt.
While it’s not for scuba diving, the coating is more there to stop short term exposure and submersion, allowing you to not destroy the device by simply getting it wet, or dropping it in water. Our article yesterday on the latest Fujitsu devices, may well be using a similar technology to this, although we are purely speculating.
Currently we have to send the devices off for a few days to be coated, but Liquipel are working with manufacturers to offer an integrated solution, so soon it might be possible to simply order your SmartPhones in a waterproof version.
Current costs are around £60 to coat a SmartPhone, so considering the costs of replacement from water damage, it’s around the 10%, but does mean you can rest easy round the pool and beach. Down side is the fact it will have to be sent off for a few days to be coated and bonded ready for use.
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