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Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass to "get tough" on germs

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Let's just face it: human hands are disgusting. For all of the hype about viruses on mobile platforms, there is likely a greater risk that you will personally contract a virus from the germs on your smartphone. For years now, there have been various smartphone case options that offer antimicrobial protection, but now Corning wants to make it a standard part of your next device with its new version of Gorilla Glass.

Corning has announced that the next version of Gorilla Glass will feature antimicrobial protection to help kill some of the germs that collect on your smartphone. Corning has talked about the plans back in July last year, but now we're getting the proper details about how it will all be done. The plan is to infuse the chemically-strengthened Gorilla Glass with silver ions which are known to have antibacterial properties. Corning says that by doing this, it should be able to kill 99.9% of the germs on your smartphone glass, and all at a minimal cost. The cost of the raw materials alone is said to be less than 50 cents per device.

The silver ions will continually work to kill off the germs on your display, and Corning says that they will retain their efficacy for the lifetime of your phone. Additionally, Corning is working on a new anti-reflection coating for its glass, but still no word on banishing fingerprints. 

source: Corning 1 & 2 via CNET

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posted on 06 Jan 2014, 11:52 13

1. naveenstuns (Posts: 177; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)

" it should be able to kill 99.9% of the germs"

It seems like a toothpaste ad lol...

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 12:02 3

5. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 261; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)

OMG you are so right.. Like a Colgate ad :D

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 12:05 1

7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Colgate Optic White - kills up to 99.9% of germs and bacteria with repeated use.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 12:39 3

8. PootisMan (Posts: 260; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)

Because there is never a guarantee that it will kill 100% of germs.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 11:52 3

2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

There is also a huge market for smartphones that don't have the anti-microbial glass - anti-microbial screen protector, anyone?

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 13:09

11. hurrycanger (Posts: 1625; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)

Cool, but I'll stick with sub $10 screen protectors. XD

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 13:25

12. kozza3 (Posts: 715; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)

i personally use lysol to disinfect

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 11:56 2

3. kozza3 (Posts: 715; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)

how about people just wash their damn hands

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 11:59

4. MrKoles (Posts: 368; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)

They are everywhere! Damn! O_O

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 22:02

14. TheMan (Posts: 493; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

I recall a 2008 study that estimated 47% of devices had fecal matter on them, this in an era where relatively few had smartphones, arguably handled more than your old RAZR flip.

I can only imagine how bad things are now.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 12:03 2

6. tacarat (Posts: 805; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)

Silver tastes terrible. This is going to put a damper on my afternoon screen licking sessions.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 12:44

9. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

Great first step to making technology not like us as germ/bug infested humans..
I was hoping for more time before this.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 12:45 1

10. seanwhat (Posts: 302; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)

germophobes are idiots though who don't understand the human immune system; this isn't going to actually help anyone or anything, this is just marketing.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 13:57 4

13. grahaman27 (Posts: 361; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)

You all hear that? This guys never been sick before!

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