Corning Working On Bacteria-Free Touchscreen Displays

We use our phones for everything. To text a friend, to call our parents, to play a game and even to write documents on that small screen. We take our iPhones, Androids or Windows Phones everywhere: to school, to the subway, to the cinema and even to – let’s admit it – the bathroom.

In the digital era, most people consider time spent on the toilet a waste, thinking to themselves: why don’t I check my Facebook or Twitter while stuck in here? Why reading the same old magazines on the bathroom shelf when I can just take out my phone and find out the latest technology trends on iJailbreak?

Understandable, but maybe not that hygienic. Studies from the University of London and Stanford University have found the presence of Escherichia coli – bacterium found in fecal matter – on touchscreens. That’s why Corning, the company behind Gorilla Glass screens used nowadays in most tablets and smartphones to protect them from scratches, is working on a solution to keep our beloved devices clean.

According to Jeff Evenson, senior vice president and operations chief of staff at Corning, over the next two years devices will have an anti-microbial glass cover that will be able to kill bacteria and viruses.

Corning Working On Bacteria-Free Touchscreen Displays

At the MIT Technology Review’s Mobile Summit, Evenson showed a comparison of two pieces of glass covered with E. coli bacteria. One was a standard glass and the other one was using the new anti-microbial cover. Within two hours, all the bacteria was gone from the glass with Corning’s new technology – as you would expect, nothing happened on the glass with no protection. And if that wasn’t good enough, Corning is developing new antirreflective screens (good news for upcoming iPads, don’t you think?). You can watch Corning’s full presentation here.

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