Bug-bashing Gorilla Glass, for the hypochondriac in youCorning's antimicrobial Gorilla Glass topper for electronic devices uses silver (yes, silver!) to fight off icky germs.
Like it or not, every time you touch your phone you're getting grime and grease and maybe even bacteria all over it. This is a problem that any owner of the smartphone or a tablet knows very well. I'm Jessica Dolcourt from CNET here at CES 2014, where we just learn about anti-microbial Corning Gorilla Glass. Now this is a brand new product. It's nothing you can really see what they've done is they've taken that chemically strengthen glass and they've added silver ions. In the room care industry hospitals silver is often use to handle microbes other bacteria that get in and caused a lot of problems. So using this in a phone or a tablet or in other things that you touch all the time with glass is really a pretty good idea. Now to demonstrate how it works, we're going to take an ordinary smartphone with ordinary glass on it maybe even Corning Gorilla Glass. And we're gonna wipe it down with some water and use a machine that measures all sorts of contaminants in it. It could be bacteria but it could also just be food and other kinds of grease. Next, we'll do the same test with the anti-microbial Corning Gorilla Glass on a device that is often pretty communal areas. In this instance it is a scheduler. Now this device hasn't been touched very much only by us. So you're not gonna get the real feel of what it would be like day to day. Now we've tested both devices with the anti-microbial glass and with the regular Corning Gorilla Glass and the results were very similar. That's probably just because my fingers touched both of us but you can't necessarily tell from the test as how much of the gunk just freeze from my fingers and how much contains bacteria that can get you and other people sick. I'm Jessica Dolcourt from CNET. This is been your first look at anti-microbial Corning Gorilla Glass. You can check out this and other news from the CES at ces.cnet.com.