By now everybody must have seen Corning’s advertisement video on The Glass Age. If you haven’t not to worry we have the video below. In fact we included two more extras that Corning did with the Mythbusters guys. The video describes how our dependency on glass is increasing everyday and how the glass technology evolved with us. Corning of course is one of those really big guys that made their name through glass. They hit it big in the general market when they started making glassware, as in cooking appliances or dishes. They got their big break in the tech industry through their introduction of the Gorilla Glass, a virtually unbreakable glass for smartphones that seems to be fully covered by glass these days. Of course that is no surprise since smartphones nowadays has really large screen real estate. Of course, they are also a leading name in the construction industry as well.
The current generation of Gorilla Glass 3 is already better, stronger and more flexible than the previous iteration of Gorilla Glass. Corning is not stopping there however, they announced the Gorilla Glass 4 last year. In making glass scratch-proof, glasses have to go thicker, to make it shatterproof also they have to go thicker. Thick means more weight and a less desirable smartphone design as more manufacturers are pushing for thinner hardware these days. According to Corning though this does not need to happen with Gorilla Glass. The new Gorilla Glass is touted to be twice as strong as the Gorilla Glass 3 and can be 25% thinner to be just as strong.
Now scratching your current Gorilla Glass 4 is hard enough but it is still possible. Here is where Project Phire takes shape. Sapphire is the name of the game here. Why Sapphire? Sapphire is one of the most scratch resistant material known to man. Sapphire though is known only for its scratch resistant properties but it breaks easily when there is an impact. Of course this is not our first time hearing the use of Sapphire in the mobile phone industry. The current newest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus was supposed to be fitted with Sapphire for its screen but then cancelled as they keep failing the drop tests. The new Gorilla Glass though will not have the same problem as Sapphire. So the Gorilla Glass is virtually scratch proof while still strong enough to withstand drops.
Sounds very promising. But how are they going to make it so good? Here is the part where we cannot tell you. We do not actually have that much detail of the new upcoming Gorilla Glass product that Corning wants to develop as there was not much information in the first place. But this could just be what the near future looks like, virtually unbreakable, scratch proof glasses everywhere.
Sources: Soya Cincau