Not yet. But they do own the right to use the technology. As of this writing, the Liquidmetal created by a California company is still way too expensive to be used for large scale industrial production.
While most of us are reminded of the indestructible liquid metal T1000 from Terminator 2 at the mention of “Liquidmetal,” let’s take it easy and assess the material’s better (and real life) qualities beyond sci fi horror.
Liquidmetal is essentially tougher than most alloys because of its atomic structure, which isn’t as rigid as your average hunk of steel. By comparison, Liquidmetal atoms are asymmetrical, thereby increasing its ability to withstand greater pressure.
It also looks better because Liquidmetal in its physical form is akin to glass, but a lot less brittle. Once its main ingredients of beryllium and platinum are brought under control, the resulting alloy is a lot more durable and creates better products.
We won’t likely see this technology in consumer technology given the price of platinum but I’m sure that Apple, as always, will find a way to use this in their future iGadgets.
via Inventor Spot
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