We are reader supported. External links may earn us a commission.

Phones

Motorola could do better than ShatterShield with a patent for memory glass

By Jules Wang August 16, 2017, 6:50 pm

If the ShatterShield screens on the DROID Turbo 2, Moto Z Force and Moto Z2 Force have disappointed you not in the way they don’t shatter, but in the way that they scratch extremely easily, Motorola may have a way to fix that.

The company has been awarded a patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office — the full text of which is linked below the story — of a screen made out of a “shape memory polymer” that can be easily repaired by the user with a few taps and a little heat.

The hardware involves, among microcomponents, a “smart device” screen’s top layer made out of the polymer, resistive heating ducts invisible to the user’s eyes, a breakage detector and a touch panel.

POCKETNOW VIDEO OF THE DAY

If a smart device user were to break its screen, they would go into an app, tap on the canvas to mark certain points to create a lasso around the breakage (or, perhaps, repair the whole screen as needed) and then activate the repair process. Heat would stimulate the shape memory polymer into transforming back into its original shape. Users are not to touch the display — there are certain fail-safes that would trip if that were to happen.

The process is not guaranteed to repair every crack and it is certainly not going to be able to work with pieces of the glass chipped out of the panel, but it should do better to repair a display for no cash charge at all. We may finally have self-healing screen tech in our horizon.

So, how’s that Moto Z3 Force looking?

Search

Latest Articles

iOS

Here's how the Apple iPod changed the world in 21 years

iPod was an industry-changing device at its time, and it had a massive impact on modern smartphones, and the way we listen to music. We take a last look at the now-discontinued Apple iPod and the history it leaves behind.

By Roland Udvarlaki May 11, 2022, 10:00 am
iOS

How to use Mic Modes in VOIP and FaceTime Calls

This guide will go over the steps you need to follow to activate one of the available Mic Mode settings on Apple Devices to begin using the feature and improve your calling experience.

By Aryan Suren May 10, 2022, 10:00 am
Phones

This iPhone 14 feature might urge users to upgrade

Until now, it appeared that iPhone 14 would only be a minor upgrade over the iPhone 13 series. However, a new leak suggests that the iPhone 14 will come with one feature that might urge users to upgrade.

By Sanuj Bhatia May 9, 2022, 5:00 am