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New Chemical Coating Could Waterproof All Mobile Phones

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Dec 31, 2007, 12:41 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Technology developed by England's Ministry of Defence can protect mobile phones from water damage. Called Ion-Mask, the technology is an invisible plasma that chemically bonds to the surface of devices. It will also fill in the small gaps and cracks to prevent water from seeping in. The chemical will repel water or moisture, causing it to bead up and roll off the surface rather than permeate the phone. Because devices such as mobile phones are often too small to fit the necessary seals to make them waterproof, Ion-Mask could serve as an alternate way to waterproof electronics. A spin-off company from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, called P2i, is talking with three mobile phone manufacturers about using the protective coating.

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Dec 31, 2007, 1:00 PM


I wonder if that it could be possible with mobile phones?

That would be awesome but lets not forget about heat syncing for the devices. I remember when the little piece of tape with the copper looking emblem on it. These little things would burn phones up due to the phone becoming real hot and being out of sync.

Waterproof would be awesome but, if it comes with the price of destroying the phone then is it really worth it?

My only other concern would be if it comes with a warranty and any assurances. Due to the normal wear and tear on phones eventually there would be place on your phone that it would come off; this is where a warranty would kick in.

The Phone Insurance companies would a lot of business if this goes through.
waterproof = walletproof.. noone gonna b able to afford it im shure untill its no longer considered a premium feature Evil or Very Mad
sonstar said:
I wonder if that it could be possible with mobile phones?

That would be awesome but lets not forget about heat syncing for the devices. I remember when the little piece of tape with the copper looking emblem on it

Dec 31, 2007, 5:04 PM

Toilet Droppers

Maybe you should stop taking your phones in to the bathrooms with you. It will save you the aggrevation of having to go thorugh the insurance and swapping your phones out.

And while we are on the bathroom subject, steam from the shower doesn't play well with your phone either. So when you complain with the tech that the dot on your phone doesn't show water damage, the inside of your phone is all corroded.
Unless you travel to places like Taiwan. Then you might as well be in the shower...

Dec 31, 2007, 2:58 PM


maybe someday i can stop handing over my money to asurion...
never we need your 50 bucks.
Maybe you could be more careful with your phone and not need to send it in so often Laughing
Ask The Shack

Jan 2, 2008, 8:57 AM

Anyone hear of Scotchgard?

Same thing. Beads up water so that it just rolls of the surface. I think Scotchgard beat them to the punch by 20 years or so....

Dec 31, 2007, 4:42 PM

Don't count on manufactures using it

Supposed "water damage" is how carriers get out of fixing or replacing your phone that you have been paying insurance on. Do you really think they want to eliminate their best out.
"uhh yeah, my camera isn't working"

sure let me take it in the back for a sec to check something (breaths on the lithmus paper)

... yeah it's water damaged, that's why its not working

Dec 31, 2007, 6:30 PM

good news for germaphobics!

phones will now be machine washable! Laughing now just dont put em in the tumble driers or youll have to pick ur phn peices out of the lint trap.. Shocked Surprised

Dec 31, 2007, 4:22 PM

water resistant

water resistant not water proof

but beggers can't be choosers. that would be awesome if this is available soon!
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