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CES: Tech21's Impact Shield makes your iPhone 5 bulletproof

Takes smartphone protection one step further
Tue Jan 08 2013, 00:00
Tech21 Impact Shield for iPhone 5

LAS VEGAS: TECHNOLOGY FIRM Tech21 announced screen protection technology today for devices including the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 that aims to make your smartphone bulletproof.

Tech21 is best known for Impactology, its famous orange goo that makes smartphones almost indestructable. The firm has taken keeping smartphones safe to the next level at CES today, with the launch of its bulletproof Impact Shield.

According to the firm, Impact Shield is the "world's first impact protection" for smartphone device screens. It's made of an innovative impact material that is also used in military grade bulletproof glass. Tech21 says it has been working on the product for two years before showing it at this year's CES.

Tech21 explains, "The Tech21 R&D team spent the last 2 years searching for materials that could offer exceptional protection. Finally they found a polymer which is normally used in military grade bullet proof glass.

"The team worked extensively to manipulate this highly complex material until it could be made thin enough to protect a mobile device screen without losing its protection capabilities.

"The unique layers within the Impact Shield absorb the impact force if the device is dropped face down on to the screen, it is the only screen film in the world which allows real impact protection for your smartphones and tablets."

While protecting your smartphone from bullets is pretty cool, that's not the most exciting thing about Tech21's Impact Shield, as it attaches to your phone without creating air bubbles. The unique material will self-heal over the time if it receives a nasty bump, Tech21 promises, and it also offers protection from the potentially degrading effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation in sunlight.

The Impact Shield will be available during the first quarter of 2013, although its pricing and availability are still to be announced. µ


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