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Motorola’s New Patent Will Self-Heal A Cracked Smartphone Screen


08/18/2017


The smartphone industry embraces technology and innovation to fix “common problems”.



Motorola’s New Patent Will Self-Heal A Cracked Smartphone Screen
Motorola’s new display patent has the power to auto heal a cracked screen. The said screen, as per the “United States Patent and Trademark Office”, is made out of a “shape memory polymer”. While, the description of Motorola has introduced a button on the phone called “repair”, which when tapped on the “broken” area of the screen will kick start the process of repairing.
 
The material suggested by Motorola will heal itself over the crack with the application of heat. According to the patent:
“Shape memory polymers are stimuli-responsive materials in that a corrective response can be applied as a result to a stimulus”.
“While different stimuli can be applied to trigger the response, in many cases the stimulus is the application of heat, which leads to an increase in the temperature of the material.”
 
Moreover, the patent added further about the screen’s ability to “reverse some or all of the deformation and return to its original condition”.
 
However, the said patent of Motorola may not be immediately applied into market production, therefore customers may not get to purchase “phones with this display anytime soon”. Although, it is proof enough to say that the manufacturer of smartphones are looking into “new materials and technology” to solve “common problems like cracked screens”.
 
Nevertheless, the CNBC also reported that:
“It's not the first time that self-healing screens have been suggested. In April, researchers at the University of California Riverside said they had created a material that could repair itself.”
 
 
 
References:
www.cnbc.com







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