UPDATE 7/9/2012: Liquipel is now available in three outlets placed in 1 Utama mall, Digital Mall in Petaling Jaya and LowYat. It will take a maximum of one day for your device to be liquipel-ed. The price to protect your smartphone is RM189 while liquipel-ing your tablet will cost you RM239. As of now, only selected models will be accepted as testing on the other models are still on-going.
You will soon be able to keep your prized electronic devices such as mobile phones, tablets, MP3 players, laptops and digital cameras safe from any damage that can accidently be caused by liquids, all thanks to a brand new patent-pending solution called Liquipel.
The way this ingenious technology works is that the said devices undergo a nano-coating process in a chamber. This creates an invisible layer of water-resistant protection over the device. The good thing is the coating doesn’t affect the looks and handling of the device as it is 1000 times thinner than a strand of human hair.
Once a device gets coated with Liquipel, it can withstand damage for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 3.3 feet in water. However, the Liquipel representatives we spoke to made it clear that this shouldn’t be an excuse for us to take our smartphones along when we go swimming or scuba diving. It is merely to protect your device from malfunctioning in the event a drink spills on it or in rarer cases if it drops into the toilet bowl.
You don’t have to wait too long to get your device Liquipel-ed as it is coming to our shores in August. Initially, Liquipel will only be available for smartphones, but they made it clear that once things are settled it will be available to a wider range of electronic devices. There will be numerous drop-off points and service centres in the country (starting with the central region), and you will need to purchase coupons either online or through retail outlets.
I know the burning question running through your mind right now is: What is the price? We have official word that it will cost RM188. That is actually a pretty reasonable price-point considering the fact that it will basically make your smartphone water-proof. Of course, not everyone needs this extra layer of protection for their smartphone, but for those who may have important data in their mobile devices such as business executives, this is a very welcomed solution.
We saw a live demo whereby a couple of smartphones were totally immersed in a container of water, and the devices worked perfectly fine after that. In fact, they could even receive calls and play videos while immersed. All in all, I must say that Liquipel is something interesting and practical, and based on the demo we saw, nothing short of impressive.
We’ll keep you posted on updates and the launch will be very soon according to the representatives.
In the meantime, check out the short video where we demo the technology involved