Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass can actually kill the bacteria that collects on mobile devices

by: Andrew GrushJanuary 6, 2014

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.

  • Memphis May [S]unjay

    This sounds interesting but I find it hard to believe. I’ll wait to see what the real world usage is like before I judge it.

    • Deqn G.

      Yes, I want to see real test, but idea is good. They should also focus on anti-glare product.

      • Mike Kister

        Anti-glare without being matte I would welcome.

  • MasterMuffin

    Unless the phone is fully covered in glass on every side, that doesn’t help

    • RahulMacwan

      I guess sony will do it

  • Mike Kister

    This is not necessarily a good thing. There are already too many anti-microbial elements in our everyday lives. Believe it or not (and to the horror of germaphobes) we NEED bacteria to survive (thus probiotics). We even need to be in contact with small amounts of the so-called bad bacteria for our bodies to bolster our resistance to them. Otherwise our immune system will not recognize harmful amounts of toxic bacteria and we will be more susceptible to the adverse effects of contact.

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    • Henry

      And the 0.1% that’s resistant to gorillicide will continue to divide on the screen.

      • Mike Kister

        Yep, superbugs!

    • najiy91

      it is an good effort from gorilla.

  • Reza A.

    Fat chance! It’s all marketing tactics to sell phone. Good hygiene habit and cleaning with alcohol on and off is the best way.