Crazy Nanotech Skin Can Make Bouncing Balloons of Liquid Metal
Liquid metal technology. That’s Terminator 2 stuff, right? Well you better start running now, John Connor, because it’s here. A new, flexible, conductive nano-coating lets liquid metal keep its form by transforming under high pressure, and then springing right back.
Granted, it’s not like anyone will be using this tech to form galinstan—an alloy of gallium, indium, and tin that’s liquid at room temperature—into any sort of rigid, usable tools (or robots), but the coating developed by researchers at RMIT University in Australia will let drops of the liquid metal retain their shapes like robust water balloons. Robust water balloons full of metal. Not only do the “marbles” sort of bounce, but they can be sliced, merged, and even suspended on water—all while retaining their semi-conductive properties.
The applications for this sort of tech—beyond just doing stuff that just looks cool—could be anything from extendable antennae to super flexible wires. Use cases where you need metal, but not its characteristic rigidity. Because this sort of coating is in its early stages though, there’s no telling whether or not it’ll be possible to produce little galinstan pellets like this at anything resembling a reasonable cost, or that the coated metal will last long enough to be worth using—for Terminators or otherwise.
The Official Ultra-Ever Dry Video – Superhydrophobic coating – Repels almost any liquid!
Ultra-Ever Dry is a superhydrophobic (water) and oleophobic (hydrocarbons) coating that will completely repel almost any liquid. Ultra-Ever Dry uses proprietary nanotechnology to coat an object and create a barrier of air on its surface. This barrier repels water, oil and other liquids unlike any coating seen before. The other breakthrough associated with Ultra-Ever Dry is the superior coating adherence and abrasion resistance allowing it to be used in all kinds of applications where durability is required. Keep your stuff Ever Dry and neverwet!
Ross Nanotechnology’s NeverWet superhydrophobic spray-on coating
Ross Technology Corp. needed a better way to reduce corrosion on the steel products. They couldn’t find a suitable one so they created their own. That product is NeverWet, a silicon-based spray-on coating that repels water and heavy oils.