21 August 2017
Motorola is looking to manufacture smartphones with screens that can be fixed automatically.
This is clear from a patent that has been presented by the company, which describes a new technology for the screens of mobile phones to repair itself.
Materials used in manufacturing smartphones have evolved rapidly and improved so much. However, the screen continues to be one of the most fragile components that suffer the most from the impacts and it breaks more frequently: just a fall from a couple of meters is enough to crack the display.
It’s going to take a while before we see these kinds of devices available for purchase.
The patent presented by Motorola shows a system that allows the screen of a smartphone to repair itself.
The company used a shape-memory polymer material that has the ability to fix cracks or deformations it experiences when heat is applied.
This compound would be used to cover the glass panel of the mobile, which would become a self-repairing screen.
The phone will be programmed to detect scratches on the screen, cracks, deformation or abnormality of the screen.
Once the problem is detected, you will get an alert that will warn you of what happened, giving you the option to start the repair. In addition, you can also manually indicate to the system the damages that it finds in the glass.
This will be made possible by a system that applies heat to the screen from inside the smartphone, activating the shape memory properties of the protective film of the glass.
According to the patent text, this technology is also not magic, so the final result after the repair is not perfect, but would be useful for minor flaws.
The only way to see the effectiveness of the system is when Motorola decides to develop the prototype of the patent.