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Nanoteck polyester never gets wet.

at 14:51 - 2nd, December 2008
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Found this on endgadget

Nanotech polyester fabric never gets wet, brings back the leisure suit in a big way

Researchers at the University of Zurich have combined the stylish, debonair appeal of polyester with the cutting edge science of nanotechnology to create a material that just cannot get wet. When coated with millions of 40nm-wide silicone nanofilaments, the hydrophobic polyester is protected by a layer of air that prevents water from making contact with the fibers beneath. Since water never makes it to the material, it can be submerged for two months and still remain dry to the touch. According to scientists, nano-polyester could be used to make swimwear with low water resistance that never gets wet and self-cleaning clothes. And who knows? It just might herald the return of wide lapels, bell bottoms or even (and we admit, this one's a long shot) Tony Orlando & Dawn. Our fingers are crossed!

 
Alex Alex
News comment 1 | User comment 4885 | 15:08 - 2nd, Dec 2008


good to know our scientists are working hard to keep us dry and not spending time with silliness like curing cancer or finding a renewable gas source.

mind his might help with future developments of space suits and deep sea suits. who knows.

js js
News comment 2 | User comment 1033 | 15:34 - 2nd, Dec 2008


Like one of the coments mentioned, it may not be great for clothing because it may not whick moisture away from the skin to get rid of sweat. But it may be great for laptop or camera bags to keep electronics dry.

Alex Alex
News comment 3 | User comment 4885 | 15:46 - 2nd, Dec 2008


very good point. bad as women's underwear true.

though this is nothing new is it?
i remember seeing a spray on techtv a couple years back that protect electronics from water.
they sprayed a keyboard, dumped a glass of water on it and used it while there was water in the keyboard and it still worked. turned the thing upside down and all the water came out.

i'll try to find video.

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