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Monday, 27 February 2012 18:33

Vita promises to waterproof your cellphone


Vita Group (ASX: VTG) has licensed technology from US company Liquipel that is claimed to waterproof cellphones.

Liquipel claims that its patented equipment and patent-pending process "creates a liquid-repellent coating that is 1,000 times thinner than a human hair but will last the life of the device..[and] that] is virtually untraceable, non-toxic, and will not affect nor compromise the look, feel and performance of the device."

It explains: "Liquipel penetrates the entire device as a whole, including all of the vital components inside and out to provide optimal protection against accidental contact with liquids."

Liquipel announced the Vita licensing at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, simultaneous with the announcement that it was opening operations in China and Brazil.

According to its US web site, the waterproofing service costs $US59.00 - phones must be shipped to Liquipel to be treated.

However the list of phones that can be treated is presently rather limited. According to the Liquipel web site only the Apple iPod Shuffle; Apple iPhone 4s; Apple iPhone 4; Apple iPhone 3g/s; Galaxy S2 (T-Mobile); Galaxy S2 (AT&T); HTC Evo 4G; HTC Evo Shift 4G; HTC MyTouch 4G; Motorola Droid X/X2 and Samsung Charge are treatable. These however are models sold in the US and local equivalents may be treatable.

Liquipel describes itself as "a southern California based company that has specialized in researching and developing innovative coatings for the past five years."

It says: "It was through an incredible demand for water resistant electronics and a revolutionary new technology that Liquipel was born. With countless painstaking hours of research and development the Liquipel team of scientist created and perfected our proprietary process. Through our struggles and with unbelievable advancement in this area Liquipel is proud to be the first company in the world to offer this technology to consumers."

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