Spray on Glass -- Could this be the future of iPhone and iPad Technology?

Liquid glass

Could spray-on liquid glass be the future of the iPhone and iPad? It is thin, flexible, transparent and even anti-bacterial. This liquid glass was invented in Turkey and held by the company Nanopool.

For more about this new technology, stay with us after the break.

The liquid glass is incredibly thin, only about 100 nanometers thick (a penny is 1550000 nm, thanks nanozone) When used in this thickness is flexible and breathable, and easy to clean with only a damp cloth. It repels bacteria, water and dirt, so this layer could be used to keep your iPhone or iPad clean and antibacterial (Germophobes look away, your phone is one of the most bacteria infested objects you own). It also repels UV light and is acid resistant (Oh no, diabolical Mr. Evil you can not destroy my iPhone by dropping it into that vat of acid, but one step closer and Mr. Bigglesworth gets it!).

I can see how this could be useful in a multitude of iPhone, iPod and iPad technolologies. One of the ways I see it being used, is in order to make the iPhone waterproof. It could be sprayed all over the phone and seal off any small holes and mesh, allowing sound waves to travel.

My own futuristic wish is that one day I have a flexible easy to store and carry iPad. Now that glass can be made in a flexible manner this opens up a wide range of possibilities.

To find out more about this new discovery, head on over to Nanopools website.

What do you think ?


Senior Editor at iMore and a practicing therapist specializing in stress and anxiety. She speaks everywhere from conferences to corporations, hosts the ZEN & TECH podcast, and should be followed on Twitter @Georgia_Prime.

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Tom says:

how can a product be breatheable yet waterproof?

@iph0ne says:

This will be the best thing sinse spray on cheese.

SaggyBalls says:

"One of the ways I see it being used, is in order to make the iPhone waterproof. It could be sprayed all over the phone and seal off any small holes and mesh, allowing sound waves to travel."
Heh? That was a joke right? Because if it wasn't, music through the speakers would sound all muffled and crappy. Also, how would you plug it in to charge? Or how would you plug in any headphones? I feel like this shouldn't have to be explained to you.

Anton Kudin says:

so you think sprayable glass is better than real glass?
real glass gives you strength and durability. i don't think 100nm-thick coating could provide that.

neil john brimelow says:

"That's Dr. Evil. I didn't spend seven years at evil school to be called Mister, thank you."

Jellotime91 says:

Apple won't use it until everyone else has been using it for 3 years..

Edie says:

Huh? Wtf. I don't get this stuff. What does it actually do..

Georgia says:

@ Tom well I would expect it is because air molecules can pass through it yet water molecules can not...H2O larger than O2. I would assume this is because of the H ;)

chris says:

...you guys are so ignorant that I no longer wish to explain you what this article really means. All i can say is: READ! damn it -.-

Georgia says:

@SaggyBalls ok I cant even type out your name without laughing. Actually sound would pass through it with less disruption than the mesh screen which is already on your iPhone as it is that minute. We are talking like 100 NM which is about the size of a virus (smaller than some actually). Sound waves would not even notice it was there, and then probably get a cold.

SaggyBalls says:

Well, looks like I'm dining on crow tonight. I've schooled in the way of nanometer. Apparently this thin of a material would in no way hinder sound vibrations. But rather, sound better and less inhibitive than the standard mesh. I'm still sticking to my guns about this never being able to fully waterproof an iPhone though. Thanks for the lesson Georgia.


I don't know if you read this, but it can already be done by Golden Shellback.. This article was actually written on TiPb over 2 years ago. Read it and weep.. http://www.tipb.com/2008/07/25/golden-shellback-waterproofs-your-iphone/

Anthony says:

@djkaled learn to RTFA. This one isn't specifically about being water proof. Now YOU can go weep in your huge pillow.

DarkMess1ah says:

Would much preffer guerilla glass, look it up, toughest, thinest, cheap glass in the world, can withstand absoluetly anything!

Eric8199 says:

Apple doesn't want your iPhone to be indestructible. If it was, they'd never sell you a new one.

Rob says:

I think we should be more concerned with the nano tech they developed that allows a lithium ion battery last 10 times longer. That would be amazing

grover says:

Hmmm . . . interesting, well, until then better get a good touch cleaner. :-)) iKlenz works great and you can get that in the TiPb store.
On another note, looking forward to a Solar type panel even if it partially plays a role in recharging. Something is better than nothing. ;)

Mimi Kosmowski says:

Thanks for a great post, I never thought of it like that before

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