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Are you kidding me!? When he removed the battery cover, I was sold!
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That's awesome! Wish they could liquipel a Transformer Prime.
 
High humidity also presents as water damage, which isn't covered by warranty. Protection from humid air is probably the most practical application.
 
Wicked! Now to spray down my clothes and eBike! The million dollar question is how much per oz?
 
$60 bucks and you have to send them your phone. :(
 
You beat me to it. That's not so bad I guess, although I think it would be a lot more attractive at $29.
 
I think i'd rather spend a few extra bucks on a 2 year squaretrade warranty which covers a lot more than water damage.
 
Thats just Android, Baby.

Heh, nah thats fucking awesome. I sweat about this much per day... I should look into it.
 
Amezinggggggggg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
truely awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
I wonder if there are any heating issues with this ...
 
pretty nice, now we need another mobile frequency band ready to work under water.
Text Message or mobile browsing while on a dive in vacation, would no longer be a problem.

And since the hardware is getting more and more powerful using phones under water may become mandatory
in order to avoid a "core melt down" =)
 
Most important thing, was this water distilled? If so, that's not a big deal since distilled water simply CAN'T destroy any electronic device. And I believe that's the case.
 
Add to iPhone 5 & I'm completely sold!
 
You send your device to them, they apply the INVISIBLE coating for a fee and return it to you, but they still recommend you don't bring your device into contact with liquids. If you think your device looks exactly like it was before you sent it to them, you might be right. The videos can be faked using distilled water, which won't short out devices. For a battery to power your device, the connectors need to be able to transfer current. In normal water, this would cause a short circuit. This looks very much like a scam to me.
 
but how long does the treatment last? Is it going to be like that stuff you spray on sofas to repel liquids which starts off quite well, but then has no effect after a few months?
 
Where do you put the product?
 
This would be something people would want to buy!!! If it were actually available at point of sale! How does it apply would be the question...or is it just distilled water being used in the demonstration?
 
WOW!!!!!WHERE DO I SIGN UP TO BE A DISTRIBUTOR? LOL THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE!!!!! THANKS FOR SHARING!
 
They claim to have a machine that applies the product in a vacuum chamber - the consumer doesn't get to see or apply the mysterious product for themselves. SCAM ALERT!!
 
okay... after the initial shock... how long will it take for this to be picked up and erased by apple? good for consumers, bad bad news for companies ...i'm a bit skeptical after watching the interview..
 
well, One of us needs to do a REAL test on this.. providing the cost is reasonable, I'm all for it. If anyone beats me to it, please, please, throw me a message as to results :) also if you can find a purchase location/address thanks Roy
 
sweet if i decide to swim while txtn!
 
+roy hansen Some people on forums are claiming they have tested the payment system on the liquipel website and found that even if they enter fake credit card information the site appears to accept payment which suggests they could well be harvesting credit card numbers. Really, I wouldn't trust this at all. The claimed nomination for an Edison Award appears to have been withdrawn - no mention of it can be found on the current version of edisonawards.com.
 
wayne.... nice observation, and scott....thanks alot!!
 
I don't think that a premium phone is used for so long that it may cause cancer. Also, the applicability of the phone is limited.
 
+Rick Schimelpfenig Yes, I've seen it there, and it appears in the Google cache of edisonawards.com, but it has since vanished from the site. So it appears that a nomination was given and since withdrawn, but I'm still investigating.
 
Assuming this product works as advertised checking your email in the shower on your iPad is an interesting prospect.
 
+roy hansen I'm interested in repping this product as well but I need more information. I sent a note to the company and asked them to comment on this thread and for additional information on their product. They have a limited list of supported devices on the site which begs the question why? If they have to crack the case on your device that will void manufacturer warranty unless they're approved by the manufacturer.
 
I agree with some other comments that a real test needs to be done by a consumer, not a Liquipel representative, and using tap water.
 
This test looks impressive, but need to know if this was de-ionized or distilled water or water with normal amount of electrolytes. Distilled water is used regularly in electronics industry to wash electronic components. Lets see this same test with either tap water or salt water!
 
+Wayne Minnich said "you can see that the water is clearly conductive (not distilled) as the flow is causing the screen to slide".

Actually, if you look at about 0:50 into the video, you can see that the screen is still sliding to the left even after he takes it out of the liquid when there is no flow or finger that could be causing it, which suggests the sliding is the result of a fault induced by the liquid. In the video of the demonstration at CES, the rep tells us that the touch screen won't work under water, but is unfortunately cut off by the interviewer before he can elaborate.

Edit: Note also that in other videos on their channel, pouring their liquid directly on the screen doesn't activate any touch screen functionality at all. e.g., http://youtu.be/Ln0daAowdJI
 
spend money to MAYBE have my phone water proof or just it it away from water like i already do... hmmm, hard choice. I think ill just keep it away from water and save money then drop money on a product that might not even work.
 
So it protects against water. What will it do for a six-foot drop onto concrete? A case is still better.
 
A WITCH!

No, seriously, that is awesome.
 
From the FAQ: "Liquipel is a non conductive coating that allows currents to transfer back and forth when there is a direct connection" <= So it is conductive and non-conductive at the same time?!
 
Nice, I need this for my wife and kids
 
Wow, great discussion everyone. To my amazement, I just woke up and saw everyone's great comments. I would like to see this done by someone other than a spokesperson to validate that it is not faked in any way. Better yet, I'd love to see two identical phones (one with the coating, one without) both placed in pools of water to see how the two behave differently. If it is in fact real, it does seem pretty revolutionary.
 
Great!!! what technology does it use?
 
I dropped my G2 in a cup of water by accident about six months ago. (no liquipel was added to it). It worked fine for a few hours, then the camera stopped working, but the phone still works today. This makes me very skeptical about this demo. OBTW... The cup I dropped my phone in had melted ice with a hint of soda in it. The phone completely submerged for a few seconds.
 
Great product but they don't support my Samsung Galaxy S.
 
When he removed the back cover and put it in the water I physically winced! that should be a standard coating on all electronics!
 
+Trace Windham I've dropped mine in water on a couple of occasions and always been able to get it to work after a while. But I've never been able to get it to work while submerged in water. And I certainly would have never would have directly exposed the battery to water.

+Roger Lim and +ray ortiz, I don't understand why their device list is so limited right now. It seems like this should work for pretty much any phone or tablet. I wonder if it has something to do with the way the devices are produced.
 
Does it void your warranty because liquid dmg indicators will show contact with water!?
 
neat but I wouldn't try it.......
 
Will become like Gorilla glass. Will come standard on all next years phones
 
Great, just what I needed when riding on Noah's Ark.
 
also.. will water vapor/fogging appears behind the camera and LCD glass. and as it dry, leaving a film/stain ?
 
If they really wanted to sell their product, they'd show more test liquids: salt/ocean water, sodas/juices, tap water, foods/soups, urine (sorry) etc. Then, in addition to taking off the battery cover, they should, while under water, remove the battery and place it back in several times and power it up. And plug in/out a headphone jack while they're playing music on some speakers. And do the same with a charging cable. WRT the molecular level application, they ought to then take an X-acto blade to the screen and try to scratch some it off - then see how well it repels. To me, this seems like a variation of Rain-X - just more expensive.
 
I think he ran out mind to doint that to that phone :/ i have an nokia c3 and love it and not play with HTC o.O
 
For a discount of a few bucks on Liquipel. Coupon code: stotia5
 
The following is a comment I shared about the iPhone demo: http://www.pcworld.com/article/247784/make_your_iphone_waterproof_with_liquipel.html#tk.rss_news

This video demonstration would have been more interesting had they done a side-by-side comparison with an iPhone that had not been waterproofed with Liquipel. I say this because water is a poor conductor. How poor depends on the amount of electrolytes contained in the water. Pure water does not conduct at all; therefore, the untreated iPhone may have continued to run as well. Bottled water's claim to fame is purity, so I would not expect it to conduct well. Furthermore, if the treatment seals the insides as well as they say, there should be no corrosion due to water exposure. I'd like to see if the phone operates correctly in a few days. Another question is how durable is the coating. Still this is very cool.
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Who wants to go swimming now.
 
But can it repel finger smudges?
 
interesting, you appear to have to mail it to the company for treatment so i assume some kind of vapor deposition of a clear material. perhaps a glass of some kind.
 
ya cuz im always talkin in my shower
 
What do you mean you were sold?
 
Next - phones replace the underwater camera.
 
+Huck Turner
The credulity of the masses never ceases to amaze me.

After all your comments indicating that this is very likely a scam people keep saying they want it.
 
They could have at least shown the water coming out of the tap or mixed some salt with it. Distilled water does not conduct electricity. Distilled water would only damage electronics at a very high pressure. I am not convinced by that video.
 
I foresee an epidemic of face, hand, and thigh cancer in the next few years...
 
Would distilled water really do the same? Can you find proof of this? Want to remake the video with your own smartphone with distilled water?
 
lol, +Rob Dupuis. A lot of people have said distilled water will act the same, but others have mentioned that distilled water would not cause the swiping of screens back and forth that you see occurring as he pours the water over the phone.
 
I'm the photographer for Liquipel (see stotia.com) and I used it repeatedly in non-distilled water for months and it's still fine. However, one of the problems with submerging it in water is that your pocket gets wet for the next hour as the water slowly drains out of the charging area (or headphone jack). Another problem is that when there is water in the headphone jack, the headphone sensor gets tripped so the phone 'thinks' headphones are plugged in and you don't get sound out of the speakers. After the headphone jack dries out, full functionality returns to the built in speakers.
 
I can understand why people think it's impossible. But once see it for yourself and understand how hydrophobic nano coatings work, it makes more sense.
 
Seemed like the fluid he was pouring was too thin to be water... You can do that demonstration with alcohol...
 
"hydrophobic nano coatings" - That almost gives me an orgasm. Bow down Poseidon and Namor!
 
whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?! sick.
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