Dave Smith and his team at MIT were researching coatings to apply to the inside of water bottles to prevent chemicals from leaching into the water, when they stumbled upon an application for their invention that may make them incredibly wealthy.
They realized that the microscopic coating they had developed, dubbed LiquiGlide, is the perfect substance to apply to the inside of a ketchup bottle, long known for taking forever to pour out. With LiquidGlide helping the process, every last drop of the viscous condiment pours right out with little hesitation.
The super slick, food-based and edible coating has ketchup-loving Americans waiting with hamburgers and hot dogs in hand, just in time for BBQ season.
But the applications for LiquiGlide go way beyond mere condiments, from paint cans and hair products to oil pipelines and medical supplies. Any container that holds thick liquids would benefit from LiquiGlide, cutting down on waste and saving consumers and manufacturers money in the process.