Samsung calls dibs on Department of Energy's screen coatings

Electronics giant licenses a superhydrophobic film for glass screens developed by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory that's supposed to repel water, reduce light reflection and resist fingerprints and smudges.

The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory's superhydrophobic film tech in action.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Samsung devices will have some government-strength coating to save your devices from the depths of puddles and toilets.

Samsung Electronics has licensed a clear superhydrophobic film from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory that's supposed to improve the performance of the displays on smartphones, tablets and other devices, the department announced Monday.

The lab in Tennessee spent three years developing the coating, which repels water that carries away dust and dirt, reduces light reflection and resists fingerprints and smudges, according to a news release. The technology has the potential to spill into areas beyond personal devices, such as solar panels and windows, the department said.

Samsung is already among several device makers offering splash-resistant phones.