What is Apple's Liquid Metal ?

Liquid Metal isn't really liquidYou may have heard of the UK company LiquidMetal Technologies and the rumors of it's mysterious "Liquid Metal" product being used in upcoming iPhones and other Apple products.  There has been talk of Apple using Liquid Metal and it's products for the quite some time but the "What is liquid metal" has come up again recently since Liquid Metal Technologies released an SEC filing that publicly disclosed it's licensing agreement with Apple.

Apple has been using Liquid Metal for the last few years in a small and almost insignificant part of the iPhone, which isn't even shipped with new iPhones anymore: The SIM card ejector - A tiny tool that can easily be replaced by a bent-paperclip used to pop-out the SIM card on older iPhones.  Some speculate that this insignificant use of Liquid Metal in an Apple product was the first 'beta test' of the alloy.

But the question remains - what is Liquid Metal and what does it do?  Is it really liquid like the T-1000 mimetic poly-alloy nanomorph in the movie Terminator 2 or can it heal minor scratches by 'filling itself in' in a way that resembles liquid more than metal?  The answer to both is NO.  Liquid Metal is simply (uh right!) an amorphous, non-crystalline structure that is harder and more elastic than aluminum or titanium.  What does this mean?  Well.. This video from Liquid Metal Technologies explains it pretty well:

Not as mysterious or world-changing as a mimetic poly-alloy nanomorph wearing a police uniform and kicking-butt on an Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminator bot, but still an interesting leap in alloy technology that only a geek..or an engineer might appreciate.




I seriously want this... just the bouncy ball and tube setup...

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