At CES 2013 in Las Vegas, Liquipel has unveiled its second-generation liquid-repellant coating which enables electronics such as the iPhone and the iPad to withstand high humidity levels, including liquid submerging.CES 2013’s Startup Debut session included a showcase by Liquipel, a company whose patent-pending technology is famous for its water-repelling capabilities.
Those who’ve tested out the new technology say an iPhone 5 treated with Liquipel 2.0 coating can stay submerged in water for half an hour and still work.
According to its makers, “the science behind Liquipel 2.0 represents significant advancements in durability, corrosion resistance and water protection.”
In the company’s own testing, Liquipel 2.0 is up to 100 times more effective than the original version of the coating. It also continues to maintain component integrity and RF sensitivity, the developers say.
For those curious about the technology, the company explains that “Liquipel's patent-pending process creates a liquid-repellant coating, that is microscopic and forever lasting because the coating becomes a part of the device.”
“Liquipel is virtually untraceable and will not affect, nor compromise the look, feel and performance of the device,” the makers say.
There have been rumors at one point that Apple was going to buy Liquipel’s technology (or at least license it) to sell pre-coated iPhones and iPads, but such rumors never materialized.
Danny McPhail, Liquipel's head of product development and co-founder, said, “Liquipel version 2.0 is a huge advancement for super-hydrophobic nanotechnology.”
McPhail added, “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.”