While the curved display of the LG G Flex smartphone may be little more than a novelty, the smartphone's true innovation looks as if it sits elsewhere within its frame — it's "self-healing cover". And this is more than just a party trick — the G Flex is the mobile equivalent of the X-Men's Wolverine.
Technology can be fragile. Anyone who's dropped his or her phone knows that all too well. And though you might not get it in your hands for a while, there are some seriously robust electronics coming down the pipe. New self-healing microchips developed by Caltech, for instance, can survive multiple laser blasts.
If you're a clumsy, phone-dropping fool, you either have a very scratched phone or a very scratched phone case. But this scratch-proof case from Nissan (yes, that Nissan) saves the klutzes of this world from their fumbling.
Researchers have been taking inspiration from X-Men: they've developed a way to create printed circuits that can heal themselves using liquid metal. The best bit is that, unlike X-Men, this is real.
They may not exist outside laboratories, but self-healing polymers are fantastic. When they rip, they're normally held under a UV ray for 30 minutes, and they repair themselves. But new research breakthroughs have cut that time down to a minute.
A new form of "shape memory polymers" have the ability to return to their previous form once damaged, thanks to embedded fiber optics that let them warm themselves back to health with light.
Imagine if airplanes could miraculously heal cracks or holes in the skin during flight. Obviously, that would go a long way in boosting airline safety, not to mention the confidence of passengers. Interestingly enough, researchers in Britain are attempting to make this dream a reality using a technique that utilizes…