Liquipel unveiled version 2.0 of their waterproof nanocoating designed for smartphones and tablets ahead of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. This year’s revision features significant advancements in durability, corrosion resistance and water protection and is up to 100 times more effective while maintaining component integrity and RF sensitivity, according to an official statement from the company.
The company’s managing director Sam Winkler told Engadget that a device treated with Liquipel 2.0 can achieve a liquid protection rating of at least IPX7, otherwise known as immersion at a depth of 1M for at least 30 minutes.
Liquipel made a splash (no pun intended) at last year’s CES when they unveiled a process to treat portable consumer electronics with a waterproof nanocoating without a bulky case. The process sold for $59 and lasts forever but required buyers to mail their device to Liquipel for treatment.
With version 2.0, the price still remains firm at $59 and the product lasts forever but depending on where you live, you may no longer have to mail your handset or tablet off for treatment.
That’s because the company is now offering their 4ft x 4ft Liquipods to shops around the country, granting merchants the ability to nanocoat your device on-site, for a small additional fee if we had to guess. Partners in the US will be the first to receive the Liquipods followed by those outside of the states sometime after.
As an interesting aside note, it was revealed that Jaybird uses Liquipel during the assembly process for their sports headphones.
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