Does your mobile phone screen give you butterflies?

Researchers in Germany have discovered that a butterfly’s transparent wing eliminates most reflections at any angle.  This natural source of inspiration for technology could be ideal for phones, camera lenses and any other device where glare is a problem.   The technology works because of irregular, nanoscopic structures on the glasswing of the butterfly.  Whilst the surface is still being refined in the labs, the prototypes are already self-cleaning and water repellent, which would avoid the need for current anti-glare coatings to be applied as done presently.

This would be a big improvement for people using their smartphone and take much of the strain from those working outdoors and having difficulty in clearing seeing content on their device.

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