Mobile phones with waterproof protective coating are already on the market, but new research has led to the creation of a substance that can protect a device that is submerged for months.
The Sony Xperia ZR is already waterproof to a depth of 1.5 metres for half an hour, but the new coating, which is just a few atoms thick and impervious to water and air, can keep devices running in conditions that would normally destroy them.
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are behind the technology and said the protective film is stable in warm damp conditions and a number of different liquids.
He said: “By creating such barriers films, we are able to extend lifetime and reliability of electronic devices.”
The coatings can be made to be transparent, meaning they can be utilised within the electronics industry, with mobile phones and cameras set to benefit.
Posted by Simon Thomas