New coating could make your smartphone screen shatterproof
The material being tested at the University of Akron has been tested and did not lose its shape or strength after 1000 bends. It is also more transparent than ITO. And the material's flexibility means that it can be sold cheaply, in large rolls. Yu Zhu, UA assistant professor of polymer science, says that this material could revolutionize touchscreen surfaces. If the research pans out and becomes commercialized, it will be a godsend to those who have a habit of dropping their phone.
This is all in the testing stage and so far the material has withstood repeated scotch tape peelings and bending tests. There is no word when we could see the new material on a smartphone, but so far the work seems quite promising.
New material could prevent smartphone screens from shattering
source: UniversityofAkron via Engadget
1. Droidrapist (Posts: 186; Member since: 28 May 2014)
Invisible shield already makes a screen protector for this very purpose... and also make one called "Glass" which will shatter instead of your screen..
7. Atrixboyyy (Posts: 267; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
I had that on my note 3... Have never had so many ppl question me about a screen protector.
17. buccob (Posts: 1564; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Yes, also Xperia older than Z2 included the ASF (anti shatter film) which in my experience it did a great job. But sadly they moved away from it in their latest devices... So hopefully they adopt this kind of tech cause I love the ASF...
18. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Anti shatter films don't help stop cracking the glass, it just means if the glass is damaged it won't come off since the film traps it.
19. Astoni (Posts: 573; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
Speaking from real experience, it helps a f*cking lot..
22. buccob (Posts: 1564; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
It does help A LOT... and if the screen actually cracks, it is less likely to make a spider-web cracks like the one on the iPhone from the thumbnail picture of the article...
also speaking from real experience since Sony-Ericsson up until now...
20. JEverettnow (Posts: 210; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)
Too bad they dont work. I have seen many a phone with shattered screens rocking Zagg Glass, Zagg Extreme, and Zagg HD.
10. Ninetysix (Posts: 1679; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
Someone missed all those videos of drop tests vs iPhones.
3. akki20892 (Posts: 3653; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
IPhone users: yes pls.
Nokia users: we r good, but make hard protected floor.
6. elitewolverine (Posts: 2068; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
funny you say that, I dropped a nokia 521 tons of times no damage yet
8. aditya.k (Posts: 482; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)
He meant to say that people need to build hard floors for the Nokia phone to get any kind of damage!
9. redbaronk12 (Posts: 37; Member since: 14 Dec 2013)
I think the joke was that the floor needs a protector from the falling Nokia
4. RoundhouseMcGee (Posts: 188; Member since: 25 May 2014)
Hopefully they Pat sent their innovative idea before foul, rotten, evil patent troll apple do9es.
5. Atrixboyyy (Posts: 267; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
Hey at least they choose the right device for the thumbnail to this article.
12. AstronautJones (Posts: 272; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)
It works, but not as expensive as Sapphire? Hopefully Google buys the patents before Apple buys the patents.
13. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1038; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
or whoever develops it 1st gets the patent
one thing is to have the idea another thing is to do it
i heard nokia is investing alot into nano tech :3 !
14. shuaibhere (Posts: 1676; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
See again... polymer to the rescue...
not the so called premium metal or glass....
21. My1cent (Posts: 26; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)
"the material has withstood repeated SCOTCH tape peelings..."
Really! SCOTCH tape?
23. j.khan95 (Posts: 51; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)
Iphone 4 is real famous for breaking screen.