Jan 06 AT 6:07 PM Dustin Earley 11 Comments

Corning is making antibacterial Gorilla Glass to fight germs on your phone


Let’s do some quick math, shall we? According to the Internet (we know the Internet is always right), the human sneeze travels at around 100 miles per hour and can contain somewhere near 100,000 germs. If you sneeze on your phone and use it for even a single hour that day, well, that’s a whole lot of chances to spread those germs to other phones. Or door knobs. Or shopping cart handles. Or salad bar tongs. We’re getting overwhelmed just thinking about it. Thankfully, Corning is coming to the rescue.

Corning has announced today a new breed of Gorilla Glass with antimicrobial properties. The glass is “formulated with an antibacterial agent, ionic silver, which is incorporated into the glass surface for sustained activity.” In other words, it kills germs on your phone or tablets’ screen and works for a long time. According to Corning, the new antibacterial Gorilla Glass “inhibits the growth of algae, mold, mildew, fungi and bacteria.” No more worrying about the eutrophication of your phone screen. Phew.

We have no idea when Corning plans to put its new antibacterial Gorilla Glass into consumer products, but we can only hope it’s sooner than later. Unfortunately, it won’t be soon enough to stop the spread of the deadly CES virus that always seems to strike this time of the year. Maybe next time.

Source: Corning

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • Ryan

    Things we don’t need.

  • Mojo

    Kills and inhibits growth are definitely not the same thing. It WILL stop the growth of germs (Inhibits growth) but it will NOT kill the ones there. It is a lame marketing ploy that others have used to play on fears that are made worse by false statements in the media such as this. They choose their words wisely and rely on others to make false claims to make it sound better than it is. From their press release “…neither Corning nor Steelcase makes any direct or implied health claims about the antimicrobial properties of the product.”

  • no text

    the germans are coming!!!!!

  • John Patrick

    Hmmm. An ionic silver film to fight gook? I dunno – silver has a surface hardness that is much softer than the underlying glass surface. So if this is done it seems there will there be the inevitable scratches in the film which will probably be very noticeable since the film will be somewhat reflective.

  • Kristof Nordin

    There is a growing amount of evidence that we are currently doing a great deal of damage by over using both antibiotics as well as antibacterial products. There is a study from Tufts University which states that: “Antibacterial agents and antibiotics share the same resistance problem.” (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2631814/pdf/11485643.pdf)

    • jake

      That can’t be. The free market is pushing this stuff and we all know the free market is the end-all, be-all of solving all our problems.

  • jake

    I think we’d be better off if the door handles, tongs, forks, and toilets we all share were anti-bacterial. I have yet to hear of this epidemic of outbreaks as a result of phone use.

  • E-man

    About time for this!

  • donger

    This is madness!