The Future Of Touchscreens: Antimicrobial Glass
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The Future Of Touchscreens: Antimicrobial Glass

You only need to visit any hospital to know how important the battle is against the spread of bacteria.

Hospitals are fighting a constant battle against so called super bugs such as MRSA and those temporary anti bacterial hand washes have been at the forefront of the attack.

But, the fight is now set to continue both within and outside of healthcare establishments with a new technology that will soon appear on the market.

Corning Antimicrobial Glass

Corning, who are famous for their Gorilla Glass used in many mobile phones and electronic products, have developed a new film which can be applied in the production of touch screen devices such as mobile phones, smartphones, tablets, laptops, telephones and calculators.

The Corning Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass inhibits the growth of bacteria, algae, mildew, mould and fungi.

The glass works because it is formulated with controlled levels of ionic silver. This element fights off 99.9% of certain bacteria according to Corning and does not interfere with the everyday operation of smartphones.

This new formulation will add a minimal cost of about 35 pence or 57 cents to the production of Gorilla Glass so the solution is feasible for a rollout in the near future. The functionality of the ionic silver is also permanent and so will be retained for the life of the product.

Corning has also demonstrated that the glass can be manufactured on mass so it is simply a case now of further testing and waiting for a brand to pick up this new antimicrobial glass and install it in future product releases.

Effectiveness of Antimicrobial Glass

There is still a debate on going about the effectiveness of the ionic silver film, which reportedly kills bacteria within a 1 hour time period.

Even with this delay it is my opinion that brands will want to include this new glass in future devices. At the end of the day it will be a case of no protection versus a small 35 pence / 57 cent additional cost.

In a world where shared work spaces are the norm there will definitely be a demand but if you are not convinced then check out the shocking results of the bacteria count test on a smart phone touch screen carried out by UK website Mobilephones [dot] com.

Would you choose a product with Corning Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass installed?

Do you think the 1 hour kill time of bacteria is a better option compared to a temporary antibacterial hand soap or wipe?


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