Reckless? Incapable of not destroying the screen on your smartphone? You’re not alone. I’m not with you — I drop my phone all the time and have yet to break a screen so I’m not about that cracked-screen life — but I assure you, you’re not alone. And it’s about to get better for you and all your other careless friends, because self-repairing phone screens are on their way.
I don’t understand how it works. How could a cracked screen repair itself? My best guess is advanced wizardry. My worst guess is prolonged mouth-breathing.
According to Forbes.
The self repair is the result of a catalyzed chemical process, based on an advanced healing ‘agent’ that resembles how human blood hardens into a scab when the body is cut.
The healing agent, made of carbon-based chemicals, is successfully working and expected to be applied to at least part of the mobile phone industry within five years.
The chemicals are contained in millions of microspheres – when they crack, a liquid is released that hardens quickly and almost invisibly.
The process was originally developed for aviation, where it is expected to enable airplane wings to self heal in flight. Other sectors have expressed a strong interest in its potential: among these, in the beauty industry, L’Oréal is considering self healing nail varnish.
There is a guy who sits next to me at the office, his name rhymes with Shmandon Flenard, who will benefit greatly from this invention. I have known him for six years and in six years I don’t know if he’s had a non-cracked phone screen for longer than a month. Maybe he should stop spiking his droid like a football when one of his posts go viral.