In the last week or so the tech/geek world has covered a story where Apple has signed an exclusive deal to use liquidmetal in consumer electronics.
So what has all this got to do with the outdoors? For feck sake this is gadget talk on an outdoors blog, get back on subject dude. Hey give me a chance and I will tell you why this is being written about on here.
Currently the in vogue metal to make outdoors gear from is titanium. Sporks, pots, stoves, tent pegs to name a few are the things made from it that we use. Now imagine if a metal came along that was lighter and stronger than titanium. How cool would that be?
Well just such a metal has come along, and that metal is liquidmetal.
To quote an article from Cult of Mac “Liquidmetal is a high-strength metal that can be processed like plastic. NASA has says it is “poised to redefine materials science as we know it in the 21st century.””.
So imagine a world where our titanium pieces of kit are redundant and have been replaced by liquidmetal.
Now as far as I know, no outdoor manufacturer has even thought about using liquidmetal. It’s not even clear at this stage whether liquidmetal is even suitable, for all I know it maybe toxic and can’t be used in food or cooking because of this. Or it may have poor thermo conductive properties and be useless for use in cooking gear.
It’s still early days, but I can see the potential uses of this material in our favourite activity. So all the thoughts and applications for it are just pie in the sky thinking by me at the moment. But I can dream, but remember if it does happen you heard it hear first.
I’ll leave you with this interesting demo of liquidmetal that is on YouTube.