New coating could make your smartphone screen shatterproof

New coating could make your smartphone screen shatterproof
Dropping your smartphone onto a concrete sidewalk will most likely shatter the screen. But soon, you might be thanking scientists at the University of Akron for developing a film that makes your display shatterproof. Using a transparent layer of electrodes on a polymer surface makes a surface tougher and more flexible. Current smartphone screens use a coating of indium tin oxide, which is a more brittle material. In addition, ITO is also more likely to shatter and the price of the material is on the rise.

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

New material could prevent smartphone screens from shattering


source: UniversityofAkron via Engadget

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23 Comments

1. Droidrapist

Posts: 186; Member since: May 28, 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: 575; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

I had that on my note 3... Have never had so many ppl question me about a screen protector.

17. buccob

Posts: 2944; Member since: Jun 19, 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: 2036; Member since: May 29, 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: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Speaking from real experience, it helps a f*cking lot..

22. buccob

Posts: 2944; Member since: Jun 19, 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: 228; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

Too bad they dont work. I have seen many a phone with shattered screens rocking Zagg Glass, Zagg Extreme, and Zagg HD.

2. deepblack

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

Symbol of shattered screen = iphone

10. Ninetysix

Posts: 2931; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Someone missed all those videos of drop tests vs iPhones.

11. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Best picture of the week ;)

3. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

IPhone users: yes pls. Nokia users: we r good, but make hard protected floor.

6. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

funny you say that, I dropped a nokia 521 tons of times no damage yet

8. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 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: 99; Member since: Dec 14, 2013

I think the joke was that the floor needs a protector from the falling Nokia

15. aksa123

Posts: 365; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

You mean OLD nokia users..........

16. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Any but till April 2014.

4. RoundhouseMcGee

Posts: 188; Member since: May 25, 2014

Hopefully they Pat sent their innovative idea before foul, rotten, evil patent troll apple do9es.

5. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 575; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Hey at least they choose the right device for the thumbnail to this article.

12. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

It works, but not as expensive as Sapphire? Hopefully Google buys the patents before Apple buys the patents.

13. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 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: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

See again... polymer to the rescue... not the so called premium metal or glass....

21. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

"the material has withstood repeated SCOTCH tape peelings..." Really! SCOTCH tape?

23. j.khan95

Posts: 51; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Iphone 4 is real famous for breaking screen.

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