Germaphobes, rejoice: Corning today introduced the first EPA-registered antimicrobial cover glass.
The latest addition to the Gorilla Glass lineup, Corning's new glass is formulated with antibacterial agent ionic silver, built into the glass surface for long-term germ killing.
Touch technology is as much a part of most people's daily lives as taking a shower or commuting to work, making it even easier to spread bacteria, especially if you share a mobile device with family, friends, or co-workers.
But aside from touchscreen-enabled gloves sliding across screens each winter, there are few options to keep yourself germ-free year-round—until now.
"Corning's Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass inhibits the growth of algae, mold, mildew, fungi, and bacteria because of its built-in antimicrobial property, which is intrinsic to the glass and effective for the lifetime of a device," James R. Steiner, senior vice president and general manager of Corning Specialty Materials, said in a statement.
Currently being tested among various applications by a handful of manufacturers, the technology made its début during this week's CES 2014 in Las Vegas. The RoomWizard by Steelcase, a Web-based room scheduling system, is showcasing the Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass during the week-long event.
"This innovation combines best-in-class antimicrobial function without compromising Gorilla Glass properties," Steiner said. "Our specialty glass provides an excellent substrate for engineering antimicrobial and other functional attributes to help expand the capabilities of our Corning Gorilla Glass and address the needs of new markets."
Corning is looking to break into a market already saturated by short-term solutions like wipes, foams, sprays, and films, which offer only temporary relief from germs.
The Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass, however, could be installed in computers, cell phones, calculators, and other electronic display panels, and be integrated into surfaces in the health care, hospitality, and transportation industries.
The company, of course, doesn't promise a 100 per cent germ-free device, but intends to reduce the amount of bacteria crawling around your smartphone.
Check out Corning's Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass in action in the company's video above.
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