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[Ars] New nanotech promises nothing will ever get wet—so how should it be used?

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Infomercials are notoriously tough to take seriously. Anyone with minor computer familiarity can sniff out the "MALWARE IS COMING NOW" 3am appeals. And even though something like the Slap Chop works, its autotune remix tends to be more famous than the actual product.

The newest infomercial to go viral, however, appears to have a surprising level of credibility. Take a look at Ultra Ever Dry, a "revolutionary super hydrophobic coating that repels water and refined oils using nanotechnology." The demonstration video is nearing 500,000 views in a little more than two weeks, and it already received attention from The Daily Mail, i09, and NPR (where it was written up by Radiolab's Robert Krulwich no less).

As any fan of the old PitchMen series knows, a good infomercial relies heavily on a wow-inspiring demo. Ultra Ever Dry is no different, with a series of coated vs. uncoated demos showing everything from concrete to oils unable to penetrate a layer of Ultra Ever Dry. Below, you can see some before-and-after screen grabs of gardening gloves with mud or a side-by-side of a funnel and paint (Another favorite: a piece of glass is framed with a perimeter coating of the substance and beads of green test liquid flow quickly to the center.)

New nanotech promises nothing will ever get wet—so how should it be used?

Video from source:

By the way, I worked with a team at Brigham Young University who developed some of these technologies. While still developing, it won't be too much longer before this stuff is common place.
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post #2 of 97
Anybody here still remember NeverWet?
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Socks with this on OH GOD YES. No longer will I have to spend a day with wet feet.

EDIT: The cheapest for the two coatings is $53 per can of each coating! My socks aren't worth that.
Edited by Sir Amik Vase - 2/11/13 at 10:13am
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post #4 of 97
Took a colloids class last semester and we had a section on superhydrophobic coatings, pretty neat technology! I wonder how long it lasts and how abrasion resistant the coating is though. Does it last for weeks or years.. you know?

It'll be nice once this technology is common place though.

Shoes and windshields are the biggest places I would wanna see this tech used.
post #5 of 97
This kind of technology has existed for decades. -_-
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Socks with this on OH GOD YES. No longer will I have to spend a day with wet feet.

Problem then is, how does the sweat from your feet get out? You'll end up walking around in a pool of sweat all day if you do that.

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This kind of technology has existed for decades. -_-

Yes, it has, but the promise of this technology is that it is electronics safe, which previous versions have not been. Plus that it will add a non-obtrusive coating that doesn't affect the looks of the device.
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post #7 of 97
Forget about small-scale objects... Imagine when buildings are coated with this nanotech


E.G.

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post #8 of 97
I want this on my car. No more car washes, less worry about random paint, tree sap, oil, mud, CORROSIVE SALT!!! (maybe)
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post #9 of 97
i too wonder about the long term durability of the coating against other things than just water (acidic substances, etc.)

would be sweet on a car...never have to clean it at least from water (and hopefully tree sap, bird poop, etc).
 
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Could you coat this on flesh?

Could easily replace condoms... redface.gif
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