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Self-Healing Phone Screens May Be Just Around the Corner

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In welcomed news for my fellow butterfingers, South Korean researchers have created phone screens that self-repair in minutes after being cracked.

The team at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology have developed self-healing technology that uses microcapsules filled with linseed oil. The microcapsules are mixed into the polymer used for screens, and when broken the oil is released into the damaged glass where it hardens in minutes, effectively repairing the screen.

The scientists claim the capsules repair cracks in 91 per cent of cases. While there are no self-healing phones scheduled for release anytime soon, it’s believed the technology will eventually be widely used in outdoor applications in items that have polyimide screens.

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