LAS VEGAS  - As sleek new smartphones prepared to make splashes at the Consumer Electronics Show here on Tuesday, a California firm was out to prevent water from being the death of them.
Liquipel was showing off a clear coating a thousand times thinner than a human hair that shields smartphones outside and inside from damaging effects of water. “Water will just run through the machine,” Liquipel president Danny McPhail told AFP as he casually tossed an iPhone into a tub of water and watched it sink. “It actually beads right on top of the circuit board and rolls off.”