In the coming years, the manufacture of mobile phones will undergo major changes. As recently, a group of scientists has been able to create a material that can be repaired beyond simple cuts and scratches.
Scientists Just Invented SELF-HEALING Screens
Having a grated or broken screen is surely one of the worst nightmares for every user who has a smartphone, but have you ever thought about not worrying every time your device crashes?
Although that reality is still a little distant, researchers from the University of California brought us a little closer to it: led by Chao-Wang, the team of scientists has developed a material capable of regenerating its structure, eliminating the effects of the rupture and scratches.
“We have done several tests with the material, even evaluating their ability to recover cuts and deep scratches. After breaking the piece in half, both sides have automatically joined 24 hours later,” says Chao-Wang.
According to Wang, the material is able to extend its original size up to 50 times, being obtained from the union of flexible polymers and ionic compounds. Although all of this looks like magic the scientist explains that ion-dipole fusion (present in the composition of the invention), causes the separated molecules to attract and eliminate any cuts or scratches.
Screens that heal alone
Although the first material of this type in conducting electricity – being able to be used in touch screens – the technique developed by scientists is not a novelty in the world of smartphones: presented in 2013, the LG G Flex already had a similar finish in Its back cover, but could not be used in the construction of screens.
In an interview with Business Insider, Wang also explained that touch screens work with several electrodes in all layers, and when a finger interacts with them, the smartphone identifies the ringtones and then responds to the user. That is why it is very important that the material does not impede the flow of electrons.
Although everything has gone well in the exams, it is estimated that the product only reaches the market around 2020, being able to be present also in batteries for gadgets. Quite happy with the results, scientists still believe that the polymer will make up artificial muscles, once it responds to electrical impulses.
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