Waterproofing Personal Electronic Devices—Liquipel

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Gone are the days of bulky cases that water proof your personal electronic device at the expense of functionality.  A new product is making a splash at electronics trade and innovation shows[1].  Liquipel is a nanocoating applied through patented machinery and a patent pending process that can water proof a personal electronic device without changing the functionality, appearance, or feel of the device [2].  The coating can be applied to electronic devices like phones after they have been purchased, in bulk as an inventory pre-treatment process, or they can be applied during the manufacturing process[3]

The coating is comprised of proprietary nanoparticles that are adhered to the device through a Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) process.  The device is placed in a vacuum chamber where a gas filled with nanoparticle precursors is introduced.  Ionized particles are then introduced to the vacuum chamber, causing the vapor to decompose and the nanoparticles to bond to the device at the molecular level.  The entire process can be completed within a half hour, with the total turnaround time for the service estimated to be 2 days.  Over 25 devices can currently be coated with Liquipel and the cost is well under a hundred dollars.  The company claims its coatings will last for years, outlasting the devices useful lifetime in most cases.


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This product creates a new category of waterproof devices, effectively protecting personal electronics while maintaining aesthetic and functional appeal.[1] [2]

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  1. Anon. Liquipel Wins Edison Award. [Internet]. Submitted . Available from: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/liquipel-wins-edison-award-003400231.html
  2. Anon. Liquipel: Wet and Wired. [Internet]. 2012 . Available from: http://www.liquipel.com/

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Potential Benefits: Over 80 million cell phones are damaged annually to moisture damage, driving phone sales growth, but also driving resource depletion of rare and expensive elements used to make electronic devices. This technology has the potential to reduce resource consumption and create disruptive changes in the way the electronic devices market operates.[1]

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  1. Anon. Grand Award Winner: Liquipel. [Internet]. 2012 . Available from: http://www.popsci.com/bown/2012/product/liquipel

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The risks of this innovation are unknown due to proprietary nature of process and materials used in the coating. The risks during manufacturing are likely analogous to those associated with the CVD process.

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