Quick Note: LG "G Flex" Curved Smartphone Self-Heals
November 13, 2013 1:43 PM
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The phone can also be flattened without damage
LG Electronics, Inc.'s (
"G Flex" smartphone
has an admittedly impressive spec, but some have been somewhat put off
by its curved design
, which critics call a "gimmick".
But in a new video LG shows that
might be a little more impressive than early criticisms would have you believe. It shows that the phone can be literally flattened by a 32 kg (70.5 lb weight).
While this is likely a
necessity for all curved smartphones
given that their users might sit on them, what's even more impressive is
scratch test, which shows a robotic wire-bristle test setup heals scratches first at 500g (1.1 lbs) of pressure then at 750g (1.65 lbs) of pressure.
LG has unfortunately offered no details of exactly
its new phone accomplishes this remarkable feat, but
speculation based on peer-reviewed research
suggest that it may be using
some sort of microcapsule technology
, which fils cracks by bursting tiny pellets of adhesive polymer.
Similar polymers have appeared in
certain automakers paints and in third party accessory cases
for smartphones. Again, there's been a general industry-wide silence as to
these are working, although the presumption is that some sort of microcapsule or hydrogen-bonding based healing strategy is employed.
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11/13/2013 2:13:50 PM
The self healing back is, meh.
But the resilience of the curve is really impressive. I would be curious to know if it can withstand equal deflection in the direction of the curve as well (ie. bringing the top and bottom towards each other).
11/13/2013 2:23:38 PM
So is that 70lb weight a sudden impact or slowly being applied? I think the average geek getting this will be at least triple that weight :P
11/13/2013 2:43:06 PM
ah, yes, but depending on the amount of posterior flab on said individual, the magnitude of the total force applied to the device may be much lower.
11/13/2013 3:47:01 PM
I would be impressed if said 210lb geek had a bony enough ass to put all his weight on the phone when sitting on it.
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