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

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



1. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Galaxy S IV.

15. Ivan6479

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

2. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Youm+this =a marriage made in heaven!

3. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

So when you touch the screen it will flex?

13. Ivan6479

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

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

4. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Flexible and unbreakable -> No more drop test!

5. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 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

6. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 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.

7. WirelessCon

Posts: 311; Member since: May 11, 2010

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

14. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

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

8. EasyMade

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

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

10. WirelessCon

Posts: 311; Member since: May 11, 2010

I had no idea.

12. WirelessCon

Posts: 311; Member since: May 11, 2010

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

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.

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.

16. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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

17. troutsy

Posts: 382; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

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

18. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

hmm this sound something like.. plastic

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