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Amanda Richter

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June 27th, 2014

Nanotechnology Is Breaking Down Walls in Smartphone Features

One nanometer is very, very small. In fact, it's 50,000 times smaller than the wide of a piece of hair. That's small. But gather a bunch of these tiny guys together and you could be enjoying the latest perks in technology, which are truly unbelievable. Nanotechnology is revolutionizing technology, especially what we will be able to do to use and protect our mobile devices.



Battery Life



Imagine having a smartphone that charges in 30 seconds. That's not a typo. It's not 30 minutes, it 30 SECONDS. Thanks to nanotechnology, smartphones will be equipped with than a teenager can send a text.



An Israeli-based nanotech company, called StoreDot, has recently made this breakthrough, however, this isn't the only new nanotech features making its way to smartphones.



Touch Screens



That cracked screen on your smartphone may soon only be possible as a cover picture. Screens are being made up of layers of electrodes on a polymer surface, which are proving to be the ultimate shatterproof touchscreen for smartphones. This new nanotechnology beats out existing touchscreen technology two-fold—it's super durable and it's more cost effective.



No More Water Damage



One of the easiest ways to destroy a smartphone quickly is by dropping it in water. That was true last year, however, before Liquipel 2.0 technology was introduced. The http://www.liquipel.com/liquipel-demonstrates-the-latest-in-liquid-protection-nanotechnology-at-sxsw/">nanotech company Liquipel came out with a liquid-repellant coating formula that proved to be durable, corrosion-resistant and, of course, waterproof for smartphones.



The company guarantees that its product will never wear out or break down, and it is so sleek that users would never know it's there.



Phone-Protecting Jeans



A new hit from a Croatian-based company is a pair of jeans that protects the wearer and his or her smartphone. The jeans are resistant to liquids and stains as well as EMF-radiation. They also come with pockets that have proven to be 100 percent safe for smartphone storage. Located on the front of the thigh, these pockets actually will wipe away fingerprints and smears on the phone as the phone sits in the pocket.



Window Shade Remotes



Technology now exists that allows a smartphone user to control the shading of windows with an app called NanoShutters and two thin sheets of clear plastic that are applied to a window. The NanoShutters sheets are connected to tiny wires that feed into a control box, which is the heart of this nanotechnology. All a smartphone user has to do is click on his or her phone, open up the app and then drag a finger across the screen to darken the windows remotely. It is predicted this product will rocket to $4 billion on the market by 2016.



But creators of NanoShutters aren't done yet. Their vision is to expand this nanotechnology onto any type of digital display including storefront signs, sides of buildings or even the interior shell of a bus. NanoShutters' creators hope this kind of nanotechnology will open up a whole new avenue for advertising in the near future.



Disease Diagnostics



Imagine only needing a $20 lens attached to your smartphone that detects chemical reactions between bonding molecules and pathogens. Two engineers at the University of Texas are developing just that—a nanotechnology-featured disease diagnostic system. They've managed to convert a smartphone's camera and flash with an attached lens into a microscope—a much cheaper piece of equipment than the $200,000 instruments hospitals use to do the same job. Right now, the goal is to develop this system into an affordable, user-friendly system that works swiftly with its results.



Thank a Turkey



Smartphone users can download an app called iColour Analyser that can detect volatile chemicals using a biosensor system. This nanotechnology is much like the natural makeup of the common turkey, which can change its skin from red to blue to white due to a load of collagen affecting the turkey's blood vessels.



Creators of this nanotech feature are confident that soon smartphone users with this technology will be able to use a breath test on their phones to detect cancer and other diseases.


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