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06th Jul 2015

New Technology Means Smashed Phone Screens Could Soon Self-Repair


Cathy Donohue

If you’ve ever dropped your phone and watched the screen completely shatter, you’ll understand why we’re pretty excited about the latest update in phone technology.

Duncan Wass, a professor at the University of Bristol, is largely responsible for the carbon based “healing agent” that will allow our phones to “self-heal”…BEST. NEWS. EVER.


The “self-repairing” agent contains millions of tiny spheres that crack and releases a liquid solution.

When released, the solution hardens instantly and invisibly, allowing for a perfect recovery.

Initially the product was developed for repairing the cracks of aeroplane wings but it’s now believed that it could have multiple uses.

Car windshields, wind turbines and bike frames are just some of the things that could benefit from this new technology.


Speaking to The Independent, Duncan said: “We took inspiration from the human body.

“We’ve not evolved to withstand any damage – if we were like that we’d have a skin as thick as a rhinoceros – but if we do get damaged, we bleed, and it scabs and heals.

“We just put that same sort of function into a synthetic material: let’s have something that can heal itself”.