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It works by infusing ions of silver directly into the glass

Smartphones go everywhere with us, and they pick up germs from all the dirty surfaces we set them on (not to mention the germs from our hands and faces as we use them daily). In other words, our smartphones are gross -- but Corning has a solution.

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014, which is being held in Las Vegas this week, Corning showed off its new Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass 3, which keeps your smartphone screen nice and clean. 

According to Corning, it works by infusing ions of silver directly into the chemically-strengthened glass. Silver is a common antibacterial agent used in hospitals, and while it's an expensive antibacterial solution in that setting, Corning kept costs down by folding the ions into the glass -- keeping the cost of raw materials down below 50 cents per smartphone. 

Corning, which touted the new glass as the first of its kind, said it can wipe out up to 99.9 percent of certain bacteria. 

“Corning’s Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass inhibits the growth of algae, mold, mildew, fungi, and bacteria because of its built-in antimicrobial property, which is intrinsic to the glass and effective for the lifetime of a device,” said James R. Steiner, senior vice president and general manager, Corning Specialty Materials. “This innovation combines best-in-class antimicrobial function without compromising Gorilla Glass properties. Our specialty glass provides an excellent substrate for engineering antimicrobial and other functional attributes to help expand the capabilities of our Corning Gorilla Glass and address the needs of new markets.” 

Gorilla Glass is some tough stuff doing cool things. Last year, Corning said Gorilla Glass could lower vehicle weight and improve fuel economy

Source: Corning Gorilla Glass

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Another win for preventing the impossible
By arazok on 1/6/2014 12:51:41 PM , Rating: 2
Hopefully this will prevent future outbreaks of disease caused by smart phone use.

RE: Another win for preventing the impossible
By Jeffk464 on 1/6/2014 1:12:47 PM , Rating: 3
But I have to put a plastic screen protector over the gorilla glass to protect it, negating any antibacterial qualities.

RE: Another win for preventing the impossible
By tbake on 1/6/2014 1:21:48 PM , Rating: 1
You don't need a screen protector on a Gorilla Glass 3 screen. Carried my S4 in pocket since day 1 no screen protector. 0 scratches.

By CZroe on 1/6/2014 5:14:23 PM , Rating: 2
Not true. Most of the scratch resistance actually comes from the oleophobic coating and the oleophobic coating can actually wear off quite easily (take a look at what Samsung S View covers are doing to the Note 3). Without the coating simple sand will scratch Gorilla Glass 3.

My brother let our sister use his iPhone 5 after he used it for over a year and one week in her purse was all it took for thousands of visible micro-scratches that weren't there before. He also used it without a protector, so it's all in how it's treated. IMO, a protector is still needed.

RE: Another win for preventing the impossible
By Falacer on 1/6/2014 1:27:38 PM , Rating: 3
Why would you need to put a screen protector on it? I've never put one on any of my Samsung Galaxy phones.

I still have my original Galaxy phone that my daughters use from time to time & all these years later still not a single scratch on the screen.

By tanjali on 1/6/2014 2:20:31 PM , Rating: 1
That's because you don't have sons, only daughters.

RE: Another win for preventing the impossible
By retrospooty on 1/6/2014 1:31:53 PM , Rating: 2
As the others have said, there is no ... Bu tI added a video to drive the point home how touch this glass is.

RE: Another win for preventing the impossible
By Samus on 1/6/2014 2:24:46 PM , Rating: 2
I regret taking the screen protector off my S3. Within a few months, I have scratches from keys and whatnot in the center of the screen.

By retrospooty on 1/6/2014 3:17:27 PM , Rating: 3
The S3 was not GG3, it was GG2, which was 20% thinner than 1, but less scratch resistant. GG3 takes a beating.

By Jeffk464 on 1/6/2014 1:15:10 PM , Rating: 2
Gorilla Glass is some tough stuff doing cool things

Yeah, but where are the Gorilla Glass fish tanks?

RE: where
By Flunk on 1/6/2014 1:19:10 PM , Rating: 2
Depends? Is there a market for fish tanks that cost 10x the price of normal ones?

RE: where
By retrospooty on 1/6/2014 1:33:40 PM , Rating: 2
I could see it useful in eyeglasses and sunglasses so they don't get all scratched. Much smaller than a fish tank so price wouldn't be an issue.

RE: where
By Omega215D on 1/6/2014 3:28:14 PM , Rating: 3
If you own Mantis shrimp then sure.

RE: where
By FaceMaster on 1/7/2014 5:33:04 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, but where are the Gorilla Glass fish tanks?

Or the question that everybody's thinking: where's the gorilla glass in zoos?

I can see the apple adds now...
By ZmaxDP on 1/6/2014 6:33:58 PM , Rating: 3
The New iPhone 6A...

The company that brought you the first phone immune to viruses now brings you the first phone that can make you immune to them too...

(And when you catch the cold, you'll be holding it wrong all over again)

- I just couldn't resist this one, sorry! -

By retrospooty on 1/6/2014 6:50:24 PM , Rating: 2
LOL, sure then the nexst year, they re-release it with a slightly faster CPU and call the the 6A-S.

/douchebag #Innovate

By casteve on 1/6/2014 7:13:28 PM , Rating: 2

By dj LiTh on 1/6/2014 11:22:13 PM , Rating: 2
This would be great for my MD wife.... Protip: a doctors phone is the dirtiest thing in the hospital

By superstition on 1/7/2014 8:16:38 AM , Rating: 2
Corning, which touted the new glass as the first of its kind, said it can wipe out up to 99.9 percent of certain bacteria.

until they mutate

By Qapa on 1/8/2014 7:56:58 PM , Rating: 2
It seems great, but I know of some people that have some allergy to silver (can't have it on rings, earrings, ...).

So, my question is if this will affect those people, it might be a nightmare since you need to know what you own really in depth and if someone asks to see something on your mobile you may be need to ask them if they have any such problems...

but does it keep breaking?
By lucyfek on 1/6/2014 3:00:46 PM , Rating: 1
I could care less about the name or extra features that nobody asked for. I'd be happier if Corning cut marketing BS and just delivered stuff that simply does not break when dropped (and thank you Apple for laminating both sides of your phones with this junk).

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