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Forget Shattershield, now Motorola is working on self-healing screens

Last year Motorola introduced the Moto Z Force smartphone, complete with the firm’s ‘Shattershield’ Shatterproof screen technology.

The breakthrough, which originated in the Droid Turbo 2 a year earlier, used a touch sensitive layer and two protective lenses on top of an AMOLED panel.

This tech made the Moto Z Force range much more resillient against accidental drops and spills, but it wasn’t strictly shatter proof.

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Now the company is looking to take protection a step further with a display that will repair itself if it succumbs to damage.

In a newly-filed patent, spotted by Slashgear, the firm introduces new self-healing technology, which would detect a crack in the display and notify the user.

The user would then mark out the damage with their finger, while heat from the phone could be applied to a piece of smart glass in order to reverse some of the damage.


In its patent filing the company said it would be able “to reverse at least some deformation,” but it would be difficult to imagine shattered screens being redeemed.

While this seems like a great idea we’re not sure how grounded in reality Moto’s plans are right now.

Regardless, we appreciate the work the Lenovo-owned company is putting into safeguarding the most fragile part of the smartphone experience.

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