Must See! (See another great video about the stuff here.)
For those who haven’t seen or read about NeverWet yet, it’s really worth a look! While I’m waiting to hear more about its performance, ease of use (i.e. the application process), and how safe it is for people and the environment (always an important concern), still, this is pretty awesome stuff and an awesome example of future technology. Personally, as I continue to realize just how useful it would be, I would probably put it in my top 5 greatest inventions of the year - which is not something I say lightly.
It’s weird to think that in a few years we might not see things get wet or dirty anymore - e.g. Shirts, pants, coats, windows, electronics[!!!]. It’s one of those “small” things that’s actually huge. Imagine standing in the rain, listening to your ipod, taking photos, and simply not getting wet. You go back inside, your clothes are dry, your electronics are fine, and you just continue to go about your day. Hell, even your glasses aren’t wet. Pretty amazing potential!
This could be the end of coasters - and any worries about patio furniture being harmed by rain. Or how about showers with a floor that never gets slippery? Also, it could potentially be a huge boon for the solar industry bc it also makes surfaces self-cleaning, thus requiring less maintenance and improving energy yields. (See here, at 1:30.) Not to mention keeping your windshield dry and skyscraper windows clean. Additionally, bc it’s moisture resistant, it helps make surfaces antibacterial. And because it’s hydrophobic, it’s difficult for ice to form on it as well, which is amazing for things like airplanes and those steps outside your house in the winter. This stuff could really transform so much of our daily lives. (I wonder if it could help boats move faster by reducing friction and drag in the water?!)
In case, like me, you’re now wondering how quickly you can get your hands on this stuff, there’s good news and bad news: Mid 2012. Not too far, but sure feels like it!