Could smashed screens be a thing of the past?

The importance of Plastic

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If you’ve just felt your blood pressure suddenly spike looking at this picture, don’t worry: it doesn’t have to be like this. The days of shattered phone screens are numbered.

It’s one of the biggest grievances against smartphones (alongside poor battery life): ending up with a webbed screen of broken glass for just slightly missing the fold of your pocket or the edge of your bag. And many of us suffer with the broken screen for months because we can’t afford to shell out for a new phone. However, things are looking up: thanks to recent technological advancements, we may never have to worry about cracking our phones again.

The importance of plastic

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Until now, mobile phone screens (as well as many other applications) have relied on glass liquid crystal displays (LCDs). They are light, energy efficient and have a razor-sharp image display, but the glass substrate means that it’s not entirely life-proof. Not for long: in February, flexible electronics developer FlexEnable debuted the first plastic LCD which uses organic transistors on a plastic sheet instead of glass. According to the press release, this technology has the power to make products more cost effective, ten times thinner, more than ten times lighter and virtually unbreakable.

Fresh news from the tech world has seen the direct effect of this breakthrough, as mobile companies are incorporating flexible plastic displays into their upcoming releases.

Motorola’s big announcement

Not long ago, Motorola made a claim that got everyone’s attention: a shatterproof smartphone. In partnership with Verizon Wireless, one of the largest American mobile providers, Motorola debuted the Droid Turbo 2 on 27 October 2015. Dubbed ‘the perfect phone for imperfect people,’ the phone’s biggest selling point is its ShatterShield technology, made of five shock-absorbent layers including a flexible AMOLED display.

Motorola have also introduced an international shatterproof model of the Droid Turbo 2 called the Moto X Force, which is available in the UK for pre-order (set to ship on 10th November).

The iPhone bumper?

Another recent headline that caught the eye of tech enthusiasts involves one of the most recognised brands in the world: Apple. They were awarded a patent (which they filed for back in April 2014) which will see future models fitted with retractable ‘bumpers.’ Sensors in the device would detect when you’ve dropped the phone and screen protectors would automatically extend to absorb the shock of the impact, preventing a cracked screen.

The future’s looking protected

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From bumpers to flexible displays, our future mobiles are looking significantly tougher than ever before. Up until now we’ve had to rely on bulky cases to protect our devices, but with these new technological developments we can rest assured that our phone is safe.

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