A cracked screen is a nightmare for a smartphone user. Don’t bother guessing, this is how I lost my previous cell phone (still grieving). Replacing a broken screen is a tough and expensive task, but researchers have developed a “self-healing” glass and paint technology that will make sure that our future smartphones will have an unbreakable screen.
Made from a combination of various carbon-based chemicals, this new substance contains tiny “microspheres.” When these are broken along with the screen breakage, a liquid-like material is released. Then a chemical reaction takes place that hardens and effectively fills to fix the cracks.
This self-healing technology was initially developed to be employed in the airplane wings that will fix themselves.
The inspiration of this self-healing material has been taken from the human body. BGR writes that our body hasn’t evolved to withstand any damage- whenever we get a cut, our body seals it and then it is healed. The same kind of function has been tried to be incorporated into a synthetic material.
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Apart from airplane and cell phone self-healing, L’Oreal too is interested in this technology. The consumer products manufacturing company wants to employ this technology is some kind of self-healing nail paint.
This self-healing technology is under development and as the researchers state, this could be a reality in next five to ten years and save users from lots of trouble.
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