Motorola just filed a patent for a new feature called Smart Glass. It allows the phone itself to repair any damages (scratches or minor cracks) made to the screen. How about that?
The tech involves a new glass-like polymer that has “memory”, which will “remember” the original shape of the display. When certain conditions are met, the polymer can proceed to heal itself of scratches and even cracks. It even works in conjunction with the smartphone software to heal the screen.
Once the user agrees to the repair procedure, the phone can be set aside and left on standby. Hardware just behind the display will heat up the screen, and the molecules of the “smart glass” can shift itself around to try and restore the original shape. After some time (we think maybe overnight), the scratches and cracks should disappear.
Motorola admits that the healing technology will not be perfect, and major cracks will not be able to be “healed” altogether. However, they say that technology instead will be good for removing those tiny scratches on the screen, leaving the display as if it was just taken out from the box.
Shatterproof displays are not new – the Moto Z Force is one of the models that offers consumers a screen that is guaranteed not to shatter when dropped. Nevertheless, a consumer device that can heal itself? Now that is something we all would like to see in our next smartphone.
No news yet if Motorola will be making this commercially available, but we look forward to the time when we do not need to buy screen protectors anymore for our precious smartphones soon.