duh its owned by apple. they are obviously the ones going to make the t-1000 since they are the evil company. the t-1000 will start out by being the apple enforcer, but soon it will turn on them and all humankind. lol
Vitreloy has been around for years - also it's not liquid (at room temperature) - so really what's newsworthy here? Just another shallow Apple story that is made to sound like a big deal when it really isn't.
John Connor: So this other guy: he's an Apple like you, right?
The Apple: Not like me. A T-1000, advanced prototype.
John Connor: You mean more advanced than you are?
The Apple: Yes. A mimetic poly-alloy.
John Connor: What the hell does that mean?
The Apple: Liquid metal.
Thgis is one of hundreds of metals that already exist that are stupidly hard, my Dad used to work in a company that made valves for the oil industry and Titanium was the sioftest metal they used. They have people in the lab all the time experimenting with differant mixtures - a bit of nickle here - a bit of tungsten there - a touch of cobalt for fun - etc etc.
So Apple has an exclusivity deal with a company that has 1 metal with a catchy name - fine. If it's such a big deal then maybe HP, Dell or Sony can have a word with Tyco about using one of the metal used to pump nerve gas.
* With approximately 2.5 times the strength of commonly used titanium alloy and 1.5 times the hardness of commonly used stainless steel, Liquidmetal alloys enable sophisticated, engineered designs required by the evolution of new technologies
* Enables thinner, smaller designs while providing greater protection for internal components
* Permits thinner walls while providing greater strength
* Allows larger, wider screens for expanded features and capabilities
* With precision net-shape casting, Liquidmetal alloys can be readily fashioned into intricate, innovative designs resulting in a unique aesthetic advantage
* Excellent durability
* Scratch and corrosion resistant
All of that boils down to "strong as titanium and corrosion resistant like stainless steel." All the rest of the description means the same thing.
Why do they call it liquid metal? Any metal is liquid if the temperature is high enough, and like the previous comment stated, it's not liquid at room temperature. (Unless your "room" is on the sun, or Mercury, perhaps").
What different materials do this alloy consist of?
How heavy is the metal? There are many extremely hard metals out there (titanium family, uranium etc.), but they are also extremely heavy.
And some of them poisonous.
I want a phone with a osmium (about twice the mass of lead) shell, and sapphire screen. I'd guess you could get the screen for ~100 (if mass produced), though the metal shell would cost several thousand dollars. Then again, it may be bullet proof. Iridium would be about 1/10 the price, and tungsten would actually be affordable.
My current phone feels too light anyways.