CES 2014: Corning Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass

The surfaces of our mobile devices are home to a variety of disease-producing bacteria, which isn’t surprising, considering how much we have our hands on our tablets and phones these days. Studies have shown that 1 in 6 phones are contaminated with bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus and E. coli. Grossed-out enough?

Editor's Note: this post was written by Stephen Janiszak

Fear not,  mysophobes. To combat this rather offensive type of contamination, Corning, the maker of Gorilla Glass (currently found in many smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices), has introduced an ingenious display material on which the display-clinging bacteria are effectively neutralized.

Corning Gorilla Glass 3 consists of silver ions (Ag+), which act as the antimicrobial agents. The trace amounts of silver ions leach from the glass surface, effectively eliminating nearly all of the surface bacteria. So not only does this version of Gorilla Glass live up to its name with regard to durability, it now helps keep the surface of your mobile device clean and free of bacteria.

According to Corning, this antimicrobial display technology has benefits that reach far beyond the screen of your smartphone. There is a variety of environments in which touch displays are used where hygiene is of the utmost importance, like medical facilities, point-of-sale kiosks, and retail settings. Once implemented, this antimicrobial display technology will help minimize the buildup of bacteria on all of those touchscreens.