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Corning Unveils AntiMicrobial Glass For the Germaphobe in All of Us

If you are the type to cringe when you think about how many people have touched a public door handle during a day, today’s news might be for you. Today at CES, Corning is showing off a new type of glass that is said to keep the front of your smartphone or tablet free of germs and bacteria. 

Long known for their Gorilla Glass that is featured in many of today’s device, this new product is a welcome change. Corning says they took ionic silver, an antimicrobial agent, and incorporated it into the glass. This will ensure that the glass stays cleaner over a longer time rather than just a coating on the glass. Corning says that many OEMs are currently testing this new type of glass, so we could see it in our hands sooner rather than later. Good news right in the middle of cold season.

Via: Corning Glass
  • Higher_Ground

    Neat. I was reading the other day about the natural antibotic properties of many materials, like copper and brass (which is mostly copper). I never really thought about why brass is used for doorknobs and railing all the time, but it not only looks nice, it kills germs.

  • Trevor

    How will this do against STDs?

    • Cory_S

      “Why did you just rub your phone against my cootch?”

  • tomgillotti

    LOVE THIS!!! Make the whole phone with it please!!! This is the reason I don’t let anyone use my phone… too many people leave the bathroom without washing their hands.

  • Droid Ronin

    Howie Mandel will be first in line for the phone with this glass.

  • Dustin

    Because so many people die from bacterial on their phones…

    • Adrynalyne

      Yes and this is advertised as a life or death feature.

  • StuckOnVerizonForever

    Good thing im smart and get the flu shot

    • Adrynalyne

      So you think the flu shot protects you from everything out there?

      • StuckOnVerizonForever

        Good thing I’m white and grew up in a good country. Im pretty immune to a lot and allergic to nothing.

        • Adrynalyne

          Ignorant, too.

          • chaoslimits

            He wasn’t being sarcastic?!?

          • Adrynalyne

            Nope. I am sure he was serious.

  • Adrynalyne
    • pepa sracka

      16% of Cellphones Have Poop on Them one study says and more than 8 pnones were tested:D

  • Charles P. Flanagan

    But wouldn’t the rest of the phone still have the normal amount of bacteria and whatnot?

    • Adrynalyne

      Good point.

  • Chris Ballard

    Ohh, a germaphone!!

  • chris_johns

    and germs are good…more germs you in contact with the better your body is at fighting them…except for them germs down there you dont want non of those…silly parents purellin the ish out there kids 24/7 doing nothing but making them weaker

    • zurginator

      Coming into contact with Staphylococcus Aureus, Impetigo, Septicaemia, and such will do absolutely no good for your immune system.

      Source: University of Surry

      • chris_johns

        ill be sure to avoid those next time i go to India

    • Adrynalyne

      Would you put your lips near a toilet? Think of that every time you talk on your phone.

      • T4rd

        What about the people in Africa that bathe in the sewer that is the Nile River.. they live well into their 30s! =p

        • Adrynalyne

          Man, you are on a roll today, LOL.

          • T4rd

            Eh, slow work day, lol.

        • chris_johns

          oh stop it

      • JBartcaps

        Every weekend my lips are near a toilet and sometimes Monday’s

        • Adrynalyne

          That’s no what I….argh.

          Well played sir.

        • chris_johns

          lol this^

      • chris_johns

        if i die from my phone…itll most likely be in my car…not by some west nile virus that found its way to my screen

        • Adrynalyne

          Nobody is talking about dying…certainly not by a virus carried by INSECTS.

          Did you read the article I posted here?

          If that much feces is found on phones, then e.coli is a real possibility, and yes, it can kill you.

          Even if it just makes you sick…wtf.

          • chris_johns

            Maybe your phone there lil guy…not mine

    • Kevin

      well just wait for corning to come out with their probiotic glass! each lick of the glass provides benefits for a healthy digestive system!

    • tomgillotti

      You take your chances with germs. I’ll take my chances with the sanitizer! If I die first, you can say I told you so.

  • chris_johns

    how about glass thats anti my greasy guinea fingers instead of antimicrobial…that would be more useful

    • Adrynalyne

      Wash your hands more often?

      Problem solved.

      • chris_johns

        nope…i was them often more then often…gives me dry skin in the winter

        • Adrynalyne

          You sure you aren’t a chick? I don’t know any man who cares about that.

          • chris_johns

            Sigh…u must of ran out of things to say…no more what you think are smart lil remarks in that book of yours?

          • Adrynalyne

            Translation, please?

          • Justin W

            “Sigh…u must of ran out of things to say…no more what you think are smart lil remarks in that book of yours?”

          • Adrynalyne

            Come on…that isn’t really english, is it? LOL.

      • Michael Arazan

        The FDA just found that most antibacterial soaps aren’t doing anything. They have gave manufacturers a certain amount of time to come up with hard evidence of their soaps and properties to prove they are actually killing germs.

        • Adrynalyne

          Good to know, but his complaint was greasy fingers. Soap still works for that :p

    • MistaButters

      Some phones actually use an olephobic coating. The problem I have seen with it though is that hairline scratches start to appear in the coating and it drives me absolutely mad.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    the screen to face action kind of freaks me out now. Damn thing has been on all type of surfaces (i can only imagine Kellens). I have a skinomi screen protector and they had me pray the film, it would be cool for them to have a wipe or another spray for disinfecting.

  • Daniel Pogue

    Does this affect the oil repellent of the phone because if so that’s great news. After the coating wears off phones get smudged easily. If this actually makes the glass better at this repelling, good news.

  • Maxim∑

    Really not that necessary… maybe for sterile environments like hospitals but not the normal person

    • zurginator

      It’s been shown time and time again that your phone is the most germ-infested object you’ll touch in any given day.

      • Raven

        As long as they are my germs, I don’t really care, but I don’t really like touching other phones.

        • zurginator

          It’s everything from hundreds of non-harmful kinds to things like Staphylococcus Aureus.

          Think about how often you shake someone’s hand, and touch your phone before washing your hand. Or how many door handles, railings, chairs, et al.

  • Typo. Microbial in title

  • Mike Hilal

    Or just wipe down the phone every now and again?

    • zurginator

      Wiping doesn’t do a whole lot of good when it comes to germs, unless they’re already dead.

      • Mike Hilal

        Sorry, I should have said with lysol. Wiping on it’s own does nothing.