Self Healing Smartphone Display Material Invented. Could Hit The Market By 2020.


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Yesterday we saw the LG G6 durability tested by Zach of JerryRigEverything. One of his standard durability tests is to test the hardness of the glass compared to his hardness picks. Most phones scratch with a pick of a hardness scale of 6 on the Mohs scale which means they can be scratched by rock like granite. I have found that Gorilla Glass 4 and 5 are very much scratch prone and often scratch with no explanation.

Scientist are working on a way to end smartphone screen scratches. They have developed a new self healing screen material. The material is made up of a "stretchable polymer and an ionic salt".

The material, which can stretch to 50 times its original size, is made of a stretchable polymer and an ionic salt. It features a special type of bond called an ion-dipole interaction, which is a force between charged ions and polar molecules. This means that when the material breaks or has a scratch, the ions and molecules attract to each other to heal the material.

It can even heal itself if torn completely in half.

The researchers conducted several tests on the material, including its ability to repair itself from cuts and scratches. After they tore the material in half, it automatically stitched itself back together in under 24 hours, Chao Wang, a chemist leading the self-healing material research, tells Business Insider.

This new innovation may be ready for the consumer market by 2020. This new material is different from existing self healing materials in that it can conduct electricity and will be usable with touchscreens. A display that can never crack or scratch, or one that fixes itself if that happens would be pretty incredible. I just hope it has a similar hardness to glass, and doesn't feel like plastic. Would the feel matter to you if your phone's display could heal itself?

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would be interesting if you place two of these phones screen to screen with each other and they meld into one as ions attract to other phone's screen :)