In the nearest future, most of the amazing smartphone technologies you see today will be a thing of the past. Pretty much very soon, our value for them will go down to the level the landline phones, typewriter machines, and the fax machines are right now. This is because the field of technology is fast evolving and the trendy innovations today won’t remain trendy for long.
Today, I will be introducing the new technology that will be replacing the scratch resistance technology on the screens of high-end smartphones.
This new technology promises to take the future of smartphone display to a different new level.
As we all know, the smartphone’s screen is one of the most delicate parts of your smartphone and it is so difficult and expensive to change the screens of 90% of high-end smartphone devices if it accidentally gets damaged.
When you are unfortunate and your smartphone falls off your hand and falls to the ground, two things are involved, either you get a screen scratch/crack (lucky you! you can manage it till you can be able to change the screen), or the screen shatters completely which will require you to change the screen entirely or buy a new phone.
In the words of the Chemists at the University of California at Riverside,
“what if you have a third option? What if your phone’s screen is made up of a material that can heal itself? In that case, you don’t need to bother about your screen anymore”
This is not a new science fiction movie. This is real!
Although this is not the first time such a technology is coming into play, this will be the first time it will be finding its way to your smartphone’s screen. The first try was on LG phone called the G Flex, but unfortunately, LG could only succeed to include a similar material on its back covers that can heal scratches.
They were unable to put it on the screen because the material they discovered cannot conduct electricity. Smartphone screens have a grid of electrodes underneath, and when you touch the screen with your finger (which is also conductive) a complete circuit is formed, telling the phone what to do.
According to the Chemist leading the research, Chao Wang. The material is made up of stretchable polymer and an ionic salt with the help of a special type of bond called an ion-dipole interaction, which is a force between charged ions and polar molecules.
The material can stretch to 50 times its original size. This means that when the material breaks or has a scratch, the ions and molecules attract to each other which initiates the healing process.
Because this special material with its healing feature can as well conduct electricity. It makes it suitable to be used for smartphone screens.
The research and break-through technology will be showcased to the world during the American Chemical Society, which is the world’s largest scientific organization devoted to the study of chemistry.
According to Wang, the material will be fully ready and can find its way to our smartphone screens by 2020. So until then, flex with the technology you have with you but have it in mind that the amazing scratch resistance material will be forgotten very soon.