Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass to "get tough" on germs

Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass to
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. 

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14 Comments

1. naveenstuns

Posts: 184; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

" it should be able to kill 99.9% of the germs" It seems like a toothpaste ad lol...

5. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

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

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

8. PootisMan

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

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

2. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

11. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

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

12. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

i personally use lysol to disinfect

3. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

how about people just wash their damn hands

4. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

They are everywhere! Damn! O_O

14. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 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.

6. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

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

9. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

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

10. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 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.

13. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

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

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