Let’s be honest, how many folks actually wash their hands each and every time they handle their smartphone? We imagine the number of hands up are few to none, and as a result our smartphones and tablets are germ magnetics. With Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass however, we no longer have to worry about carrying these germs around with us.
Back in July of 2013 we first reported on Corning’s antimicrobial glass, and now the company is showcasing the technology at CES. The latest Gorilla Glass uses ionic silver, which happens to be an antibacterial agent. This implementation can reportedly repel up to 99.9 percent of bacteria as a result, this includes tackling algae, bacteria, fungi, mold and more. The glass is also EPA certified and perfectly safe to use in all the same situations we normally see Corning glass used.
While you can always clean your smartphone with an antibacterial wipe, the big difference here is that the microbial protection is permanent and doesn’t wear off. In short, the Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass is a germaphobe’s best friend. The antibacterial glass could also come in handy for those that pass their mobile devices to other users, particularly families that share tablets and other mobile devices.
How long before we actually see Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass make its way into any commercial products? Not too long from the sounds of it. We expect to see several products showcasing the technology at CES and MWC, and so it’s only a matter of time before such devices hit the street.