A new compound may eliminate the pain of a cracked phone glass screen. Let’s face it: nothing diminishes your phone’s fun quotient like a cracked glass screen. According to a British mobile phone study, your iPhone has about a 10-week life expectancy. iPhone 4 and iPhone5 models have an average life expectancy of about five weeks, so the prospect of being able to protect a phone is pretty exciting
Sadly, the compound doesn’t quite exist. Yet. It’s actually the subject of a new crowdfunding campaign. According to the developers, a titanium dioxide liquid reinforcement fills in the nanoscopic surface imperfections of a glass surface to give it a little extra strength.
The developers of the ProtectPax gel say that their product is as strong as ruby or sapphire, but can be applied by the phone owner, and hardens in about 10 minutes. The finished product scores about 9.5 on the Mohs scale, and lasts for about a year, which apparently is far longer than most phones!
According to Plaxo, about one-third of phones currently in service will end up with a broken screen, but how exactly do they get there?
By far, dropping your phone on a hard surface is the most popular way to justify the acquisition of a new phone. Death by drowning comes in second, and accidentally sitting or standing on the phone rounds out the top three. Being left on the roof of a car, and being left with a child are also surefire phoneslayers.
The compound works just as well to strengthen other glass objects, including all of the usual electronic suspects, television screens and even eyeglasses. The surface protector dries clear, but it’s hard to say how the liquid surface protector might affect your prescription. Nonetheless, on most days, the $40 suggested price tag seems like cheap insurance for your phone.
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