As the name suggests, the idea behind the focused effort, which apparently took some 3 years to yield an actual product, not to mention numerous test fixtures and computer simulations, ShatterShield will supposedly put an end to the shattered screen epidemic. That's a tougher ask than some might expect, though, which is why Motorola is actually using five whole layers with the display stack to ensure that accidental drops won't be followed by tears.
The first layer of ShatterShield is a rigid, aluminum core that serves as the foundation of the integrated system, melded together with layer number two: a flexible AMOLED display that will bend instead of shatter upon impact. These two are then joined by what Motorola calls a Dual Layer touchscreen with 'redundancy' (to absorb shock), and an interior and exterior lens covers, the latter of which will supposedly prevent dents and scratches. From what we saw, the screen on the Turbo 2 is indeed well protected, and survived two drops on a slab of concrete brought on stage for the presentation.
In all, this sounds like a neat solution, and Motorola didn't miss the chance to point out that it's a world first for the industry. And yes, in case you were wondering, Motorola's other new phone — the DROID Maxx 2 — won't feature the new tech.