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Nokia's research arm working on Superhydrophobic coating for its handsets

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Nokia's research arm working on Superhydrophobic coating for its handsets
Those Poindexters at Nokia Research are working on a Superhydrophobic coating for the company's handsets. The coating is based on the nano-technology found in lotus leaves. With a contact angle of about 180 degrees, liquids will turn into drops that seem to slide right off a surface. The process is similar to how a hydrophobic Teflon coating works, but with the Superhydrophobic coating, there is a layer of air that traps the liquid and keeps it from touching the surface.

The Nokia Research team has applied the coating to a Nokia Lumia 710 and watching the video, you can see how well it works. The one problem is making sure that the nanostructure can survive the daily wear and tear of smartphone use. Nokia Research said it is close to perfecting a Superhydrophobic coating that will last on the surface of a phone.

While the Superhydrophobic coating won't let you go swimming with your phone, it will let you drop it into your morning cup of Joe and still survive. It will also keep your phone clean of those disturbing fingerprints and will also cut down on reflections. The one thing that Nokia hasn't been able to replicate in the lab is the lotus leaf's ability to repair itself. If the crew at Nokia Research figures that out, you can just imagine the implications.

source: Nokia via WMPoweruser

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posted on 06 Mar 2012, 18:52 6

1. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Wow... a self repairing device.. Imagine leaving it in your drawer because you don't want to bring it due to some scratches made by your spoiled kid, then the next day you pull it out and find it scratch free.

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 19:13 5

3. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


that im pretty sure is already existent… at least on cars it is… but the problem is most phones arent coated with paint…

but this is definitely cool.. im really glad nokia is turning around

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 21:12 2

6. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


I think I've read something about an iPhone case made by Nissan sometime before..

Wait lemme research it.

EDIT:
Yup definitely existing. You can Google it, there are a lot of info on it. Here's one to save trouble:http://techcrunch.com/2012/01/17/nissan-scratch-shield/

Anyway, this tech rocks!

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 21:33 3

8. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


ya i thinking it was on infinity cars-- i heard about it a few years ago… Thanks! also just sayin but broken link

i wish they could make self healing glass… now that would be one crazy invention

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 09:35 1

16. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


@Lucas777
Self healing glass!? Over the roof dude! Not only useful in cellphones but also in a lot of other things.. reading glasses, binoculars, camera lenses, etc.

@shadez10 (post14)
It's not a perfected technology yet. But surely it can self-repair "fine" scratches. It's a different story if you want it to recover from deep scratch, like caused by a blade.

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 23:33 2

10. karanstyle (Posts: 188; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Who wants to invest heavy amount to a case and make phone even bulkier when a phone can do the same without a case and infact doesnt even need a case. Isnt it brilliant ? - Lite, better, scratch proof, no more spending and living up to the phone's cool looks with Rough usage is just Amazing!

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 07:52 3

14. shadez10 (Posts: 403; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


the Nissan iphone self healing case is a fail... xD

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdzoxE1D8AM

watch... =D

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 19:05 2

2. coy2013 (Posts: 10; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


that was actually pretty freakin awesome
Would this also make it smudge proof cause you know how water leaves a streak when you wipe it off your phone?...... yeaaaaaa be pretty cool if it was...

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 19:15 4

4. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


i think the smudges are oil based… and im almost positive something cant be oil resistant and water resistant… unless it is the shape that repels the liquid not the chemical properties

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 20:57 2

5. -box- (Posts: 3820; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Oh Nokia, we never know what you'll come up with next.

I love it.

Keep it coming!

This is /true/ innovation

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 21:25 4

7. steelicon (Posts: 313; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


Please have it on the Nokia 808 PureView so we can take underwater pictures with the excellent 41MP sensor and all!

* wishful thinking *

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 23:35 2

11. karanstyle (Posts: 188; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


It'd be like a dream come ture!! :-)

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 21:36 3

9. steelicon (Posts: 313; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


They should also manufacture underwater enclosures as accessories for the phones.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 02:12 3

12. A.aoudi (Posts: 125; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


My dream is finally about to come true.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 03:17

13. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


That's why those Lumias cost so much

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 07:53 2

15. shadez10 (Posts: 403; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


Now I want this nano coating on my roof... =D

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