Scientists Develop Shatterproof Smartphone Screens

Scientists Develop Shatterproof Smartphone Screens

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Scientists have developed a new shatterproof smartphone screen that could end the cracking/shattering of smartphone displays including the iPhone.

University of Akron polymer scientists have discovered that by adding a fully transparent layer of electrodes to a polymer surface will result in a more durable and flexible surface. This could revolutionize and replace the conventional touchscreens that we see on most smartphones today. Currently the smartphones on the market use coating of indium tin oxide (ITO) and are more brittle and more likely to shatter.

“These two pronounced factors drive the need to substitute ITO with a cost-effective and flexible conductive transparent film,” Zhu says, adding that the new film provides the same degree of transparency as ITO, yet offers greater conductivity. The novel film retains its shape and functionality after tests in which it has been bent 1,000 times. Due to its flexibility, the transparent electrode can be fabricated in economical, mass-quantity rolls.

“We expect this film to emerge on the market as a true ITO competitor,” Zhu says. “The annoying problem of cracked smartphone screens may be solved once and for all with this flexible touchscreen.


Apple has been rumored to introduce a more durable and scratch resistant display thanks to the use of Sapphire, which it currently uses for Touch ID and the camera cover. However, this new material could provide the durability of sapphire at a cheaper cost.

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Scientists Develop Shatterproof Smartphone Screens
K - June 8, 2014 at 12:17pm
Have y'all ever heard of liquipel, for $60 any phone, you send it to them then they instantly waterproof it all without a case or screen protectors, of course water can still get in ports but can't get in the way of anything, now my 5s is like the Xperia, owned that phone.
tkvmz - June 8, 2014 at 9:19am
This cydia tweak seems to be so interesting but what about having cydia without jailbreak using openappmkt.
Repair Man - June 8, 2014 at 2:20am
Apple will need more than just special glass, drop your iphone and see what happens to the aluminum, it really gets bend out shape and don't stan a chance by just using this special glass. just look at the picture closer and see how the aluminum frame is all bent. I love it when this happens more money for me, I fix them for a leaving, and I don't even own one, nor a samsung either.
Nat - June 8, 2014 at 2:31am
At least you have hopes to speak out, so thanks for sharing.
Great! - June 8, 2014 at 7:12am
Pair this glass with Apple's Liquidmetal! You will get a phone that is a lot tougher.
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