This Amazing Superhydrophobic Spray Can Make Any iPhone Totally Waterproof Forever [Video]

Inside every iPhone are a dozen little moisture indicators that turn pink the second your iPhone is exposed to excessive moisture. Apple uses them to tell when to deny you warranty service because you’ve accidentally dropped your device in a drink or left it out in the rain, but wouldn’t it be better if Apple never had to worry about replacing a water damaged device again?

We could be a year away from just that, thanks to Never Wet, a superhydrophobic coating that does such a good job resisting moisture that devices literally can never get wet when slathered in the stuff. Don’t believe us? Check out the video above, in which an iPhone 3G functions while submerged in water for over thirty minutes.

This does not appear to be a scam. The coating was developed by the minds over at Ross Nanotechnology, and not only does Never Wet make it possible to keep electronic devices water proof for over a year at a time, but it’s also great for preventing ice damage, corrosion, and making devices less prone to picking up harmful bacteria.

Just watch the video. There don’t appear to be any camera tricks: all they did was spray every inch of the outside with Never Wet, then dumped it in a bowl of water with the stopwatch app going. 30 minutes later, the device was still perfectly functional.

According to Ross Nanotechnology, Never Wet’s still at least a year away from being deployed commercially. It can’t come to market soon enough, in my opinion. Just think: every iPhone’s just a squirt and a couple years away from being totally waterproof.

Needless to say, Ross is making some bold claims, but we don’t see anything that stands out as fake in this video, and it’s got the guys over at Wired convinced. If you know otherwise, let us know!

  • GWiz

    This came out two years ago under the name golden-shellback

  • Tayler

    Guess certain parts would need to be waterproofed as opposed to the whole device. I don’t see how it can be entirely waterproof and still let heat escape. Probably is why the 3GS was submerged for no more than 30 minutes.

  • CharliK

    Assuming that it was. After all that video was clearly edited to ‘time lapse’ so we don’t know for a fact that anything was under water as long as they claim. 

    that said, the chocolate demo was impressive. If that works for finger oil we might have a way improved oleo phobic coating for phones, tablets etc

  • Jdsonice

    Pretty cool. I want this :-)

  • Jdsonice

    So do you know if it is available commercially? Any details? Please share.

  • aardman

    No info though on where you can purchase the product.  Not even in the Ross Tech website.

  • Sarah85667

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  • SarahBeker986

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  • SarahBeker986

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  • Demonstr8r

    I want to spray my entire vehicle with this stuff — windshield, windows, doors roof, hood, tires and all.

  • Gregintosh

    Apple should buy this company immediately and all their patents. They could then have the ONLY waterproof phone. 

  • Jonathan McDonald

    Was just thinking that!

  • scott
  • Aaron

    Doesn’t Casio have a waterproof phone? (…google…) Yep; they have several models that are waterproof, but they’re big and bulky. Having this spray/coating is incredible and Apple would do well to at least coat their iPhones in the stuff.

  • Ronald Stepp

    “We could be a year away from just that, thanks to Never Wet”

    As stated in the article, I don’t think it’s for sale yet.

  • Ronald Stepp

    In Ice water no less, at least that bowl looked like it was filled with ice cubes and water.

  • JohannesTurner
  • JoshObra

    This should be like the standard of ALL mobile electronics.

  • Dan Markus

    Then it will be Waterproof Siri fighting drowning Android robot

  • Cincotta_e

    saw this in the news a few months ago. Apple should buy it. Or maybe they already HAVE…0-0

  • adi

    I can’t wait to lick chocolate syrup off of my iPhone 4S!

  • Scada

    That guy is Andy Jones. I served with him in the Navy.

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