Motorola might be ready to disrupt the market with smartphones that can heal their display cracks. Today a patent was published where it can be seen that the phone can identify the cracks on its touchscreen after which it will rapidly heat the area to repair the display. The process will take help of shape memory polymer a material which deforms and then recovers through thermal cycling. The company will be using the material over its LCD and LED displays with a capacitive touch sensor layered in. Currently, it is not known if the device will heat itself up to repair the display or it will use the body heat of the user to heal the display.
Interestingly, this process will not be healing the cracked display completely, it will only be slightly repairing the damage till the point the device can become usable again. As for now completely healing the device is not possible as that would require an excessive amount of heat.
For now, we feel that this technology will take some time to develop, and we won’t be seeing devices sporting this for some time. Interestingly, the polymer will make the devices feel much cheaper than devices that sport a glass display. However, we do feel that rugged devices and devices that kids use like the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active which is a rugged device will be able to benefit from such kind of a technology.