At this year’s CES 2014, Corning has announced that its Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass is ready. If you weren’t already aware, Gorilla Glass is a material used on most smartphones and tablets today including the Google Nexus 5, HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4, and a long list of others.
Corning has previously discussed their efforts in developing this antimicrobial glass last year, but they have officially announced its successful completion at CES 2014. It is being branded as “the world’s first EPA-registered antimicrobial cover glass” which is capable of inhibiting the growth of algae, mold, mildew, fungi, and bacteria.
They accomplished this by integrating an ionic silver antimicrobial agent which is formulated within the glass for sustained activity. Corning says its antimicrobial properties will be effective throughout the lifetime of a device and is being tested by a number of manufacturers. Hopefully we’ll see this integrated within touch-enabled devices soon, but as of now there are no further announcements as to any future devices that will harness this technology.