Revolutionising the phone screen protector

Los Angeles-based startup, Glassie, unveils the world's "first premium personalized screen protector

Screen protectors have become a ubiquitous accessory that comes with smartphones to protect their touch screens from scratches. Techies everywhere believe that a good screen protector is also a screen protector that you never see. It’s a product you want to be completely invisible. However, Los Angeles-based startup, Glassie has decided to shake things up, by getting screen protectors a stylish and personalised upgrade.

With "Phantom Print," users can add personalised and specially-created designs that would serve as a screensaver of some sort. When the phone is locked or turned off, the printed designs appear but then disappear completely when the screen starts to light up. The technology employs a three-layer tempered glass, with the middle layer containing the personalised designs. Additionally, Glassie screen protectors can reportedly kill up to 99.9% of germs and bacteria with a fusion of copper and silver ions embedded in their other layers.

Of course, as a participant in the screen protector market, Glassie boasts that its products are built to last, thanks to its premium double-strength tempered glass. With this as the base, their protectors can withstand up to four times more damage compared to the conventional glass screen protectors. Additionally, the protectors are created with edge-to-edge infinity protection, completely covering your smartphone's screens.

The exact mechanics behind the Phantom Print, however, remain under wraps, a trade secret for keeping the LA-based startup's advantage. But Gizmodo and TechTimes still presented a possible theory for this nifty feature: the amount of light reflected that shows the pattern is overwhelmed by the screen's backlight, turning it invisible.

But whatever the technique, we believe they are really cool! The protectors are available for pre-order on the Glassie website right now in four text-based designs at launch, part of the company’s Revive collection. "Designed with love for all of those who have experienced a trying year," the Revive designs include typography of messages such as "always be your own sunshine" and "stop overthinking," as stated on the website. More pre-made design collections are expected to be released in the coming months, and eventually, the company intends to allow users to upload their own custom designs.

"Our ultimate goal in developing Glassie has and will continue to be to enhance people's lives by allowing them to express themselves right on the front of their most valued and used asset, their cell phone," said Glassie's co-founder Neels Visser - a former model turned entrepreneur.

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