The Gear of Tomorrow: Magic Coating

Liquipel's coating makes any smartphone waterproof     Photo: Courtesy of Liquipel

Here’s how it works: you send $59 and your smartphone to Liquipel, a nanotechnology company in Southern California, and it’ll coat the device with a special sauce that will make it completely waterproof without a case. How’s that? The handset is placed in a low-pressure vacuum chamber and then treated with a water-repellent vapor. Sound too good to be true? We didn’t believe it either, until we saw phones functioning just fine fully submerged.

CHANCE OF SUCCESS: 8/10

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