Autoglass® Pioneers Self-Repairing Glass for Mobile Phones
April 1, 2011

Editor's Note: Happy April Fools' Day!

Autoglass® has today announced a scientific breakthrough by developing glass that repairs itself. Scientists at the company's headquarters in Bedford have been testing the technology on mobile and smartphones over the last six months and have designed glass which, when broken or cracked, automatically fixes itself.

"For the last couple of years, particularly since interacting with fans on Twitter AND Facebook, we've had countless requests to fix people's cracked smartphone screens using the resin we use to mend vehicle windscreens and windows," says John Aubrey, lead scientist for Autoglass. "Eventually, we realized we were potentially missing a trick, so started to work on a project under the radar to develop a revolutionary new glass which mends itself."

The self-repairing glass works by having a thin layer of a pioneering synthetic, silicon-like compound that turns to liquid on impact. It then fills the gaps and reseals the crack instantly. Autoglass is calling the new resin, Pro-Fill SOA (Self-Optimizing Adhesive).

Aubrey adds, "It doesn't work if the screen is completely shattered but for simple cracks, it works like magic. The next stage is to actually get it into phones, tablets or maybe even windscreens and we plan a series of meetings with manufacturers to discuss the way forward."

Watch the video below for an interview with Aubrey.


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