Lenovo-owned brand, Motorola is reportedly working on a new interesting smartphone technology that will fix cracked displays by itself.
Well, as much as it sounds fascinating, the company's US Patent application shows that it is looking at developing a technology that will search for cracked areas in the display and seemingly apply heat to the damaged area to repair it.
The patent filing which has now been published online by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hints at the application of the technology. The filing talks about a material known as "shape memory polymer" with "thermal elements" which could be used over the display or at the side. The material would identify a scratch, crack or any unwanted bend and then apply heat to it "to reverse at least some of the deformation."
The patent reads, "An electronic device includes a fascia manufactured from a shape memory polymer. One or more thermal elements can be disposed adjacent to the fascia or integrated into the fascia. One or more processors can be operable with the one or more thermal elements to detect deformation along at least a portion of the fascia and cause the one or more thermal elements to selectively apply heat to the shape memory polymer along at least a portion of the fascia to reserve at least some of the deformation."
Further, the self-healing process will likely occur during low-power or sleep modes, or only when the device is plugged in for charging. The patent application includes both smartphones and tablet computers.
However, Motorola has not made any official announcement regarding the technology. And besides, the filing is just a patent. It could take a few years before the technology actually becomes a reality and that Motorola starts producing smartphones with such display.
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