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
Watch the video below for an interview with Aubrey.