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Video: Waterproof spray-on coating for your iPhone, laptop

Probably the number one threat to iPhones is the dreaded “accidental toilet drop”. While all cell phones fear it, the iPhone is particularly at risk because users are often asked to shake the hell out of their iPhones when playing these games. It’s a recipe for “accidental toilet drop”-disaster.

Well, Cape Cod-based Northwest Maritime Institute has come up with some sort of crazy high-tech, vacuum-applied spray coating for electronics that can coat the entire device – inside and out – making it not only water-resistant, but downright submersible! It is called “ Golden Shellback“, and I like to think of it as Magic Shell for iPhones. Check out the video below to see an iPod touch that has been blessed with the spray crank out video from The Little Mermaid while underwater (very fitting choice, as Mermaids have got to be one of the primary target audiences for this).

Golden Shellback Waterproof Coating from on Vimeo.

Golden Shellback is currently calling the coating “Splashproof”, but I think if they want to go that route to cover their butts they really better stop showing phones and iPods working fine while completely underwater. The process, expected to cost under $100 per device, is not yet available to “nobody’s” like us, but will allegedly be coming out soon.

Of course, this could be the biggest scam going, as what are the odds if you get the $100 spray on your new MacBook Pro you’re going to be willing to throw it into the pool and test it? Still, the video looks believable enough, and as someone who has lost one cell phone to the an untimely porcelain death, – and as someone who plays a lot of iPhone games on the can (yeah, you probably don”t want to borrow my iPhone) I might just try this thing out.

Thanks to faithful Macenstein reader Mike for the link!

5 Responses to “Video: Waterproof spray-on coating for your iPhone, laptop”
  1. dizzy says:

    Not sure I believe this. Thinking in terms of heat…if it’s keeping water from getting in how much heat is it keeping from getting out? I think you are better off trying to get someone to insure it for a $50-$100 a year.

  2. krism says:


    Keeping water out != keep heat in. Sheesh.

  3. Grover says:

    Yes, but how does it keep the contacts on the dock port or headphone jack waterproof but functional?

  4. Ethan says:

    @ Grover:

    Just what I was thinking. The headphone jack and dock-connector have to contact metal-to-metal in order to work.

  5. Brian says:

    You can’t think of it as an overall “coating”. This process is performed in a vacuum and is intended to coat the internal circuits of a device. Water causes damage by short circuiting electronic devices internally. This coating prevent conductivity between internal points and allows the device to work properly while completely submerged. This technology is out there an is very much a reality.

    Not sure what the first poster was referring to with water out and heat in but that post should be simply disregarded.

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