Apple Buys Liquidmetal IP

In a recent 8-K filing with the SEC, Apple  made public that it had essentially acquired “substantially all of [Liquidmetal’s] intellectual property assets,” not to mention a “perpetual, worldwide, fully-paid, exclusive license to commercialize such intellectual property in the field of consumer electronic products in exchange for a license fee.” In other words, Apple just bought up the rights to integrate Liquidmetal’s amorphous metal alloys into its product line, which would allow the company to create lust-worthy metallic widgets with enormous creative freedom.

Check out this video of how the bezel of the OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean Liquidmetal Limited Edition watch is made using the Liquidmetal process and black ceramic…

While this is obviously great for Apple, I can’t help but wonder what that means to rest of us poor saps that want to use this process for other applications. In the past, this technology has bee used to create products ranging from tennis raquets and baseball bats to cool watches. It was used to create the uber-premium Vertu® Ascent Collection line of mobile phones. My hope is that Apple’s acquisition won’t hamper innovation outside Cupertino, but I can’t help expect that it might.

[via Engadget]

OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean Liquidmetal (Limited Edition)

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