Shatterless screen? Yesterday's news! Motorola is working on a display glass that heals itself!


Motorola's Moto Z Force family of devices is famous for donning the ShatterShield display, or to put it simple — for being shatter-proof. It's a panel that's not made out of glass, but a plastic polymer. Sure, it scratches easily, but throw the phone on the pavement as much as you like, the screen will not break.

But Moto is working on improving the technology further. A recently discovered patent, which has been granted to Motorola, shows a new "smart glass" technology, which will have the phone repair its screen should it take any damage.

The invention involves a "memory" glass-like polymer, probably a kind of plastic, which "remembers" its shape and can move to restore it if conditions are met. On the software side, the phone will actually detect when there is a crack on the screen and will open up a prompt to start the healing process.

Once the user agrees, they are required to set the phone aside and not use it at all. A set of hardware pieces behind the display driver will begin to heat up the screen. Under the raised temperature, the "smart glass" will wiggle its molecules around, trying to restore its original shape. Motorola admits that perfect healing is probably not possible, claiming the process will "reverse some deformation". Still, it's something, and a glimpse at the possibility of a shatter-free future at that!


source: SlashGear

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9 Comments

1. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

The MotoroLogan.

3. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

The Motorola X-Force (wolverine was part of that team)

7. MOTOREZOID

Posts: 121; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Yeah, the best description!

8. Brewski

Posts: 725; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Moto Weapon X

2. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Very nice.

4. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Wow, Motorola is killing it.

5. Tux4g63

Posts: 121; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

This makes a lot of sense because overall it aims to cut down on the number of claims for phones due to broken screens. I believe that broken screens are still the #1 claim for protection plans/replacement. My guess is that once this technology is mature, protection plans will add a clause stating that claims can be denied if they can prove that phones were subjected to significant forces that would cause even a screen such as this to break. Almost overnight that would cut down on succesful claims for devices with broken screens because minor breaks could theoretically be "healed" and major breaks could be denied due to the clause.

6. Tipus

Posts: 905; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Others will follow :)

9. skwy1963

Posts: 50; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

Motorola has Been Doing well As of Late Even on the Low Spectrum with The Motorola E 4 Line . Bravo

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