For all those germaphobic technophiles out there Corning may have announced a product line that’ll end your worrying every time you use a touchscreen device.

This product comes in the form of an antimicrobial cover glass, which Corning announced at CES this week.

The antimicrobial screen will allegedly protect devices that are fitted with the bacterial conscious product against the thousands of bacteria that can live on the average mobile device.

Corning are claiming that this is the first product of its type and the glass and ceramic experts clearly feel there is a need on the market for this kind of product.

Corning antibacterial

In a press release on the company’s website it is claimed that:

Consumers are becoming aware of how bacteria can exist on mobile devices, particularly as we increasingly share touch-enabled surfaces at home, work, and elsewhere.

This establishes the need for the product but Corning go further than this by discussing the current antibacterial products currently on the market for tech devices, as they say:

Antibacterial wipes, foams, sprays, and films exist today, but they are temporary, and many device manufacturers advise against them.

It is for these reasons that the Antimicrobial Corning® Gorilla® Glass was developed.

The glass will work by being formulated with ionic silver, known in medical professions for its antimicrobial uses. This antibacterial agent will be incorporated into the glass surface, causing it to have a prolonged defence against bacteria.

This will be the main selling point for the technology, it should be effective for the lifetime of the device, meaning the germaphobes who are constantly wiping their devices  with anti-bac wipes will have one less thing to worry about.

It is not just the consumer market that Corning are looking to implement this cutting-edge technology, as alongside computers, smartphones, calculators, telephones, and electronic monitors Corning envisage their antimicrobial glass being utilised for frequently touched interior architectural surfaces in the health care, hospitality, and transportation industries.

Senior Vice President and General Manager of Corning Specialty Materials, James R. Steiner, had the following to say about the new product:

“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.


“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.”

Is bacteria something you consider when sharing touchscreen devices with friends, family and work colleagues? If so, will this put your mind at ease? Let us know in the comment section below.

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