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Corning Willow Glass is flexible, bendable, could define the future of displays

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Corning Willow Glass is flexible, bendable, could define the future of displays
If you don’t think that glass can bend like shown in the image below, you’re wrong. Corning has just proved this with its new Willow Glass, a type of glass made using 100-micron technology.

This type of glass could be used for LCD and OLED displays, and the biggest advantage it brings is reduced weight and thickness of the actual device. Now, what’s also remarkable is that even at the razor thin 100-microns, the Willow Glass still retains the toughness and resistance to scratches of the familiar Gorilla Glass.

The immediate use will be in smartphones, but the glass could end up in all sorts of different products - solar cells and lighting units. There’s a video which is just as beautiful as the product itself, showing how Corning rolls Gorilla Glass. It’s all below, along with the full press release.

source: Corning

Press Release

Corning Willow Glass is flexible, bendable, could define the future of displays


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posted on 04 Jun 2012, 08:44 6

1. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


Galaxy S IV.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 16:52 1

15. Ivan6479 (Posts: 244; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Actually Samsung has been working on their own flexible displays and they shouldn't be too far away, so lets keep are fingers crossed that it does end up in the Galaxy S IV.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 09:36 1

2. mercorp (Posts: 968; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Youm+this
=a marriage made in heaven!

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 09:37

3. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 411; Member since: 04 May 2012)


So when you touch the screen it will flex?

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 16:29

13. Ivan6479 (Posts: 244; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I seriously doubt that, but it will definitely flex and absorb impact when needed, which should mean no more cracked displays!! :)

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 09:53 4

4. hung2900 (Posts: 790; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Flexible and unbreakable -> No more drop test!

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 09:56

5. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 424; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


i dont like flexible glass on the screen. it feels like it is a resistive touchscreen. but maybe manufacturers can avoid it when applied on products

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 10:33 4

6. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Being paired with the display, and touch sensor would probably give it some rigidity. Especially if all parts of the display are bought as close together as possible.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 13:13

7. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)


Very cool. This is a much needed technology. Samsung should buy Corning right now.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 16:35 1

14. pegasso (Posts: 137; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)


samsung and corning already formed their partnership since 1973.
no need to buy nothing.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 14:02

8. EasyMade (Posts: 9; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


Corning can buy Samsung, Apple, LG, Facebook altogether and still have billions to spare...this ain't no nickel and dime company

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 14:23

10. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)


I had no idea.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 14:27 1

12. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)


Looks like Samsung already has a partnership with Corning under the highly original name: Samsung Corning Precision Glass.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 14:18

9. greatGreekGeek (unregistered)


Corning Inc. was found around 1850(damn me) and the gorilla glass was developed around 1960(under a different name, o'course). And actually it was Steve Jobs who first used gorilla glass in the original iPhone. And Corning has only seen the skies since then.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 14:24 2

11. greatGreekGeek (unregistered)


waiting for the time when we'll just carry such bendable transparent strips in our pockets instead of the fancy stuff we have right now.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 23:28

16. phil2n (Posts: 466; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


put that display on LUmia.. Polycarbonate + flexible body and Screen = Unbreakable with windows 8

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 06:59

17. troutsy (Posts: 257; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


Allowing the PCB to be the most rigid part in the phone = fail.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 18:51

18. blazee (Posts: 270; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


hmm this sound something like.. plastic

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