Germ-killing smartphone fears no grubby hands
3 years ago
Tom Baker Quib.ly Staff Writer Derby, UK
One of the biggest problems – especially for us hypochondriacs in the audience – about letting a little tyke play with your smartphone or tablet is them smearing their grubby hands all over the touchscreen (because really, who knows where those hands have been? They’re kids!). Thankfully that’s not a concern any more, courtesy of the inventor of Gorilla Glass.
That ultra-strong, childproof (and, let’s be honest, clumsy adult-proof) glass is already included in most smartphone screens to prevent accidental fractures, smudges and smashes, but the latest iteration goes a step further by passively killing the germs that get spread all over that touch screen.
So, kids were kind of a scapegoat – albeit a relatable one – at the start of this article, but really, smartphones and tablets probably get pretty gross when we use them 24/7. Especially when we take them to the bathroom with us. Just don’t shine a CSI-style backlight over them, is what I’m saying.
Unless you have that shiny new Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass equipped, of course! In tests the glass has destroyed 99.9% of germs, so when you (or your kid) sits down to a game of Angry Birds, they can rest assured that they’re not at risk of bird flu. That’s still a thing, right?
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