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

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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16 Comments

1. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 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.

3. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 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

6. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 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!

8. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 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

16. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 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.

10. karanstyle

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 26, 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!

14. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

the Nissan iphone self healing case is a fail... xD http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdzoxE1D8AM watch... =D

2. coy2013

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 06, 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...

4. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 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

5. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Oh Nokia, we never know what you'll come up with next. I love it. Keep it coming! This is /true/ innovation

7. steelicon

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 02, 2011

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

11. karanstyle

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

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

9. steelicon

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 02, 2011

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

12. A.aoudi

Posts: 125; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

My dream is finally about to come true.

13. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

That's why those Lumias cost so much

15. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

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

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