Smartphones are now focusing towards providing users with value-added features such as Samsung’s Bixby or DeX and iPhone looking to convert your iPhone to an iPad soon. The amazing development in the smartphone industry has been on a continuous rise but there is still one thing that has been the same since years; your phone screen.
If you shatter your phone screen, you have to spend a considerable amount of money to get it fixed, but that could change. Chemists at the University of California, Riverside have invented a phone screen that can fix itself.
The researchers have invented a material that is ‘transparent, self-healing and highly stretchable.’ It can be electrically activated, meaning you can use it to make stuff like phone screens. It fixes itself by resting for 24 hours at room temperature.
The new self-healing tech was inspired by Marvel superhero Wolverine. One of the researchers behind the material became interested in the topic because she loved the comic book character. Wolverine has the ability to self-heal.
Back in 2013, LG released a phone called the LG G Flex that could heal scratches and other wear and tear in a matter of minutes. The difference between that and this new technology is that LG’s phone could only fix damage one the back of the phone, which isn’t as impressive as fixing a screen.
You could be using a self-healing phone in as little as three years, say the scientists behind the study. The material could revolutionize smartphones, helping them last way longer than the one you’re reading this on right now!
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