How often do you see a phone with a cracked screen? This, along with water damage and fading battery life, is the Achilles' heel of the modern smartphone and can severely affect the use of a touchscreen. 

Do not fear! Motorola have a solution... No, it's not a new and even stronger gorilla glass (elephant glass anyone?), but a screen that repairs itself when cracked.

The new invention, the patent applicationfor which has just published, is a screen made from a shape memory polymer that has an adjacent or integrated heater to activate the screen into reversing the damage.

Whether this is a bright idea created just to catch the media's attention that will ultimately end up on the cutting room floor or a workable solution that will make it into smartphones of the future, only time will tell. However, it could be that the age of the cracked screen is over for good...!