Do you carry the bent of frequently dropping your phone around? You might have wished for the broken screen to be repaired somehow. Think of how your body cells repair itself when damaged. A self-healing process. What if the same strategy is noted in electronic devices as well? Surprised, yeah, but Motorola seems to be working on the same.
The world’s first mobile phone manufacturing firm has released a patent for detection and simultaneous repair of wear and tear in a smartphone. The repair would be brought to fruition on application of heat. This sort of smartphone may witness a Shape Memory Polymer on the display unit. It can be used invariably over LCD and LED screens.
This development comes after Motorola nicely introduced the ShatterShield Technology in Moto Z2 Force, Moto Z Force and Moto X Force. This prevents shattering of the device. In spite of that, there are increased risks of scratches associated with it.
Anyway, the self-healing device would incorporate the fascia manufactured glass memory polymer. It would have the power to remember its original shape. This trait would be exploited to automatically repair the damage it suffers.
You might break your phone’s screen when you lose a grip over your emotions and throw it out wildly. Undoubtedly, you might start worrying over spending huge bucks to service your wrecked smartphone. However, with this technology, the phone can itself apprehend a scratch or a crack. It would then notify you immediately. You can mark out the damaged area on the screen. Subsequently the healing process would kick off.
The fascia would contain thermal elements integrated into it or placed adjacent to it. On detection of the crack, these elements apply heat to the select portions of the screen. When the temperature becomes normal, the polymer returns to its actual shape.
There is no cent percent surety of the complete fixing of the damage. Nevertheless, it seems this feature might reverse at least some deformation of your handset.
Moreover, you are not allowed to touch your phone screens while the healing process is underway. Although body heat can be used as a medium for the repair, yet disturbing the ongoing healing process might initiate the entire process from the start. Also, this technology releases heat. You might not want another disastrous explosion like the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. So, it is better to stay a little farther away while the system is patching up.
Siding this innovative technology, perhaps you can get rid of tempered glasses or cases to protect your screen. Despite that, it is good to be reminded that this is just another patent. The confirmed news of the incorporation of this attribute might arrive shortly.
You can still have an informative read of the patent US 2017/0228094 A1 here.