One of the coolest things being showcased at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is definitely Liquipel. In short, Liquipel makes your phone (or iPod shuffle) waterproof. The tech can be contracted by phone makers to deploy on a massive scale, but at the same time it’s also a consumer service. It is, in fact, the only waterproofing tech available direct to consumers.
The magic happens thanks to nanotechnology that bonds a waterproof coating to the surface (and innards) of your device – at the molecular level. The process only takes around 30 minutes, and it’s going to last forever, Liquipel reps have told me. Prices start at $59.
So what do you need to do? Send your device to Liquipel, wait a few days, then get it back. And it’s now waterproof.
There are three plans. The basic one costs $59, as mentioned, and will take 1-2 days (plus shipping, of course). For $10 more you can have the Priority service, which ensures that the company will waterproof your device within 2 hours of receiving it (so you’ll get it back faster). Finally, $79 buys you a protective film applied to your gadget in addition to the Liquipel treatment. The whole thing takes 1-3 days from when your gadget arrives at the Liquipel lab.
Shipping your phone back to you costs $10 and up (all the way to $58 for next day air shipping). There is a caveat here, though. Actually two. First of all, right now only a limited number of phones are supported (though don’t worry, the newest iPhones are a go). The list is sure to expand in the future, so if your particular handset isn’t listed on the Liquipel website, do check back in a few weeks – maybe you’ll get lucky.
The other, much more painful caveat is that the Liquipel service is only available in the US for now. Yes, like (almost) all cool things, the Americans get this first. A Liquipel rep has however told me that they are planning on expanding globally, but no time frame for that was given.
Still, if you’re in the US and would like to stop caring about whether your phone will survive an encounter of any kind with water – do this now. I can’t wait for it to be out in Europe.
Here’s a short promo video showing Liquipel ‘in action’:
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