Despite the best efforts of display makers, glass panels still suffer from various extents of reflective glare, fogging and general water smudging. However, researchers at MIT look to turn the tables on such weaknesses with a new nano-coating that can be applied to any glass surface.
The process itself, involves depositing thin layers of material onto the surface and then etching away some of that material, forming cone-like patterns, each 200nm wide at the base and 1μm tall. These cones then act to prevent glare, ensuring that incoming light it tunnelled into the glass as opposed to being bounced back. Their unique shape is also highly hydrophobic, causing water to quite literally bounce right off, taking dust with it in a self-cleaning action.
Good job MIT! Now let's get price of application down.