In the 0.5-odd seconds it takes to drop a smartphone, we all go through the same stages of panic. The frantic air-swipe. The bug-eyed stare of mid-fall resignation. The wincing moment of pavement impact. And the head-or-tails moment when you flip it over to inspect the damage (because it always lands face down).
And then, for the next 23 months of our contract, we manage to devise a Nobel Prize-worthy method of making the shattered remnant actually work.
Well, that particular struggle could soon be a thing of the past. Scientists from the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Riverside have developed a self-healing material that could soon be used on phone screens.
According to Mashable, LG released a phone boasting a similar construct in 2013. Its self-healing back apparently repaired scratches and wear and tear – but it couldn't be used on screens.
But this new material is "transparent, self-healing, highly stretchable material that can be electrically activated and could be used to improve batteries, electronic devices, and robots."
Chao Wang, one of the authors of the paper, "developed an interest in self-healing materials because of his lifelong love of Wolverine, the comic book character who has the ability to self-heal."
Not only that, Wang believes that the technology could soon be put into practice.
"Within three years, more self-healing products will go to market and change our everyday life. It will make our cellphones achieve much better performance than what they can achieve right now," Wang told Business Insider.
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