War against cracked screens: Future smartphones will feature self-healing touchscreen displays
In the future, smartphones will be able to get their shit together themselves.
A new science break-through is making sure that future smartphones have unbreakable screens, or as they call it, “self-healing” glasses.
Chemists at the University of Bristol have presented a design whereby glass is produced by modifying carbon fibre composite materials, the strong but lightweight substances used increasingly widely in the manufacture of everything from commercial aircraft wings to sports racquets and high-performance bicycles.
Leading the team is Professor Duncan Wass who presented his groundbreaking findings at a Royal Society meeting in London last month:
The agent seeps into the cracks left by the damage before coming into contact with a catalyst, triggering a rapid chemical reaction which causes it to harden.
Much like blood forms a protective scab to heal wounds, millions of microscopic spheres crack and release liquid.
The liquid moves into the newly formed cap and a chemical reaction causes it to harden like glue.
The result is a near perfect recovery.
Car windshields, paint, bicycle frames and wind turbines are other things that could benefit from the material.
Wass says that the technology will reach normal consumers in the “very near future.”
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