Let’s face it, our hands are not clean, neither are our faces, especially when you’re out all day either at work or school, and there are only so many times we can wash our hands on a daily basis. Even then there’s no stopping friends, family members, or strangers with grubby hands to grab at your smartphone, ultimately “soiling” its display with germs and bacteria. It does sound pretty gross but it is a common occurrence and not something we give much thought, but if you’re really particular about cleanliness, you might be interested to learn that Corning has announced what they are calling the world’s first antimicrobial cover glass.
According to Corning’s SVP and General Manger, James R. Steiner, “Corning’s Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass inhibits the growth of algae, mold, mildew, fungi, and bacteria because of its built-in antimicrobial property, which is intrinsic to the glass and effective for the lifetime of a device.” This helps Corning stand out from the competition whereby other antimicrobial wipes/films tend to degrade over time, versus Corning’s solution which seems more permanent. Corning expects that their new glass can be installed in a variety of products, such as computers, cellphones, telephones, display panels, and even calculators.
It sounds like a pretty cool piece of technology and we can’t wait to see which company will be the first to implement it into their products. Corning’s antimicrobial glass announcement was made shortly after the company announced their 3D Gorilla Glass which many have speculated could make its way into Apple’s rumored iWatch.