SMARTPHONES are getting smaller, thinner and cleverer - which probably means it's easier for them slip to out of the hand and break, not to mention more expensive to repair or replace.
Now a US technology firm claims to have invented two different "skins" for smartphones to make them almost indestructible.
One is a moisture-proof coating, so you could effectively take your phone into the shower. And it wouldn't be a problem if you dropped it in the sink.
The other skin acts as a shock absorber, which claims to protect the phone from getting damaged and the screen from shattering when dropped. Until now desperate owners of smartphones such as iPhones and Samsung Galaxies, have come up with DIY methods to avoid repair or replacement costs, for example putting a drenched phone in a bag of dry rice in an airing cupboard for several days to draw out the moisture.
Meanwhile, repairing a cracked screen on a smartphone requires specialist tools, so it has to be sent back to the manufacturer.
Now users in the US can have Liquipel's Watersafe coating applied to their smartphones. The process involves the phone being placed in a vacuum chamber where it is surrounded by a gas which enters every nook and cranny before solidifying to form an invisible moisture-proof coating of nano-particles.
Liquipel's shock-absorber skins, which resemble a thin piece of clear plastic, disseminate the force of any impact, protecting the phone's inside and screen from breaking.
The benefits were demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show, in
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Some manufacturers and retailers in the US and other countries, such as
In the US it costs about £40 (R707) to have the coating applied. The skins are on sale on the internet for around £17 (R300) each. -
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