The BBC’s Circular Economy series highlights the ways we are designing systems to reduce the waste modern society generates, by reusing and repurposing products. This week we look at the prospects for hi-tech materials that can heal themselves.
You don’t have to be a liquid metal cyborg assassin from Terminator 2 to know that the ability to self-heal can be pretty useful. After all, our bodies do it all the time, so what if our phones, prone to cracks and scratches, could do it too?
In January, tech giant Samsung filed a patent for an “anti-fingerprinting composition having a self-healing property” and there’s been speculation that such a coating might give its next smartphone the S10, which comes out in early 2019, the ability to self-heal small scratches too. Read more