New antimicrobial touchscreen glass makes for safer texting

Corning antimicrobial Gorilla Glass
© Corning

We've got pretty good hygiene standards for when we prepare food, as most of us know to wash our hands before touching anything that might go into our mouths, but we've got pretty loose standards for our ever-present mobile devices.

After all, when's the last time you sanitized the glass on your smartphone, or washed your hands after using it, but before eating?

Corning might have an answer to all of that unprotected texting, as a new version of their Gorilla Glass could eventually make our touchscreens a lot more hygienic to use, which may help cut down the spread of bacteria from fingers to glass and back to fingers again.

Thousands of bacteria live on a mobile device surface. Every tap, swipe and phone call results in further exposure of the touch surface. With the rapid growth of touch-enabled devices, this is becoming a growing concern.

Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass – the first EPA-registered antimicrobial cover glass – can help:

  • Is formulated with antimicrobial properties to protect touch surfaces
  • Works continuously

  • Is built to last the lifetime of the device

  • Has the same toughness and optical clarity of Corning® Gorilla® Glass

According to Corning, the secret ingredient in this new version of Gorilla Glass is ionic silver, which is embedded into the glass itself, and is said to be able to kill up to 99.99% of bacteria. The material is claimed to be "long lasting with no degradation of antimicrobial activity."

Although this antimicrobial glass won't make the backs and sides of our mobile devices any safer, at least the front of them may be more sanitary. Now if they could only make a smudge-free version.

Here's hoping that this innovation doesn't have us all washing our hands less.

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