Germaphobes rejoice: Corning reveals new antimicrobial smartphone glass

On the first day of the Consumer Electronics Show, Corning unveiled its new “EPA-registered” antimicrobial Gorilla glass.

While in the past, cell phones have compared poorly to other stereotypically dirty surfaces (studies have found more harmful bacteria on smartphone screens than on toilet seats), Corning plans to address this problem by infusing their glass with ionic silver, an “antimicrobial agent.”

Its new smartphone glass will inhibit the growth of “algae, mold, mildew, fungi, and bacteria,” and the special properties of the glass will, Corning claims, last “for the lifetime of the device.” Corning also assured smartphones users that they need not worry about decreased performance as the “precise control of silver levels” enables the company to maintain the “mechanical, optical, and dielectric properties of Corning Gorilla Glass.”

Although Corning’s invention will likely usher in an era of antimicrobial screens, they are certainly not the first to recognize the potential germ-fighting properties of silver. Many hospitals frequently rely on silver-alloy surgical instruments because of their anti-bacterial properties. That being said, a lack of consensus on the germ fighting powers of silver compounds suggests that Corning’s newest creation may ultimately be more effective at generating buzz than fighting bacteria.

Either way, this writer looks forward to a future in which the lowly smartphone begins to climb the hierarchy of dirty things. Today, the toilet seat. Tomorrow, the kitchen floor. Only the sky is the limit! (just ignore the pollution).

Source: corning.com | Image via corning.com

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people lived happier - the less you know the happier your life is

if few centures from now the humans still exist, they will probably live till 150 and will be 150 times more depressed and unhappy

Saex_Conroy said,
people lived happier - the less you know the happier your life is

Too subjective IMO, cannot generalize.

While we eliminate more and more bacteria from our daily lives we become weaker!
the body need this bacteria to create defenses, that is why now children are more likely to get a disease than the older generations, I say leave the bacteria!

Corning should focus on making better, more resistant glass rather than creating a solution for a problem that doesn't really exist (or that is irrelevant for the vast majority of the population).

I think they might unveil a new type of screen that's capable of project a hologram in the next few years. This is what we desire for a very long time. The capacitive touch screen is the best thing ever happen for smartphone and since then we haven't take it to the next level for the past six years.

Master of Earth said,
I think they might unveil a new type of screen that's capable of project a hologram in the next few years. This is what we desire for a very long time. The capacitive touch screen is the best thing ever happen for smartphone and since then we haven't take it to the next level for the past six years.

Yeah I think your expectations are too high. 6 years is not a long time and to expect a jump in tech like that is pretty ridiculous. Samsung is developing curved screens, that to me sounds like a more realistic stepping stone.

Or particles from your mouth while talking...

But landing on glass and drying out wouldn't make them more pathogenic than when they were in your mouth. I think the vast, vast majority of what ends up on a touchscreen is the same stuff that a user is normally exposed to anyway.

There are more bacterial cells in a person than there are people cells, so I guess it's not surprising that we leave that residue on everything around us.

zhangm said,

But landing on glass and drying out wouldn't make them more pathogenic than when they were in your mouth.

No I suppose not to yourself, but it would for others. However, yeah, I'd say its mostly from touch.

zhangm said,
I'm not sure where the scary pathogenic bacteria would come from other than the user's fingers...

this whole way of thinking is starting to backfire as peoples immunities to day ti day germs are becoming woefully inadequate, you do actually need some exposure to bacteria and such stuff, because you will encounter it sometimes regardless of how clean you are, the difference is people that live almost in a sterile environment of ultra cleanliness will have a higher chance of an infection from the day to day stuff others would fight off easily

No I suppose not to yourself, but it would for others. However, yeah, I'd say its mostly from touch.

You get exposure when someone talks in your direction anyway. Or sheds skin or oil droplets near you.

The germs, they're everywhere.

Wouldn't a simpler solution be to just clean your screen periodically? I clean mine every day or two anyway just to keep the fingerprints to a minimum.

Haha yeah, reminds me of the advert for solving the problem of hitting the soap dispensing handle - 'DANGER, there are MILLIONS OF BACTERIA ON THE HANDLE, get this new electronic automatic dispensor blah blah' when the whole idea of a handle is it doesn't matter, the soap kills them off...
Yet I bet they sould thousands of the things.

Soap doesn't kill anything, it's an emulsifier, it literally loosens them up and then the water makes them flow off your skin.

My problem is that you turn a tap on with a dirty hand, wash your hand, then touch the dirty tap again to turn it off. Same for door handles, think of all those people who don't even bother washing their hands.

Always try to get away with an elbow or hook my jacket around my hand!

Back on topic again, I'm sure an increase of materials like this will only increase bacterial resistance over time.

Most modern soap contains alcohol or similar ingredients that kills bacteria
It would be dangerous for people their health if it only was emulsing and not cleaning lol

Most standard bars of soap work how I described and I saw in a test (will find a link if you really need it ) that it's actually the most effective way of removing dirt and germs from your body.

I'm a microbiologist, our lab has done lots of testing on anti-microbial soaps. The levels of the disinfectants in the soaps are way too low to have any significant microbial inhibitory activity. Soap just removes dirt and bacteria from your hands, as stated above.

after having long experience with gorilla glass 2 and 3, my only real fear is my phone gonna fall.

this scam company full of lies, in demo's video u can see hammers + iron balls hitting the glass, and its magic, doesn't break!
in reality, 1 meter drop, shatter your glass, easily.

my top and only suggestion to this company is:
make the glass as you promised, instead of lying to us.

R1pper said,
after having long experience with gorilla glass 2 and 3, my only real fear is my phone gonna fall.

this scam company full of lies, in demo's video u can see hammers + iron balls hitting the glass, and its magic, doesn't break!
in reality, 1 meter drop, shatter your glass, easily.

my top and only suggestion to this company is:
make the glass as you promised, instead of lying to us.

Could not agree more. I don't find it particularly effective at being scratch resistant at all.