Future of phone displays: non-reflective, antimicrobial, made with Corning

Future of phone displays: non-reflective, antimicrobial, made with Corning
We've heard that Corning, the maker of Gorilla Glass that protects your smartphone or tablet display, is cooking up something in terms of anti-reflection and anti-microbial abilities, and for the first time the firm gave it some pep talk in public at the MIT Mobile Technology Summit.

Dr. Jeffrey Evenson, senior vice president and operations chief of staff for Corning took the stage and gave the usual demos we've seen before like a four-pound steel ball dropping on a 1mm sheet of Gorilla Glass with the proverbial trampoline effect. 

Corning reiterated some of the main advantages of its glass technology in the bullet points below:


Now for the new anti-reflection tech. The sunlight visibility of your phone or tablet, which is pretty weak on almost all mobile devices, is a function of two parameters - peak screen brightness, but almost as important are mirror reflections or the screen reflectivity ratio in general. The best panels barely go below 5% reflectivity, which is still a lot, but Corning is apparently working on bringing that down to a percent larger than thin air, as you can see in the quote above. 

During the MIT Mobile Summit presentation, it showed the slide below, which at first look depicts a hole in a normal cover glass, except that it's not a hole, but rather a circle of glass treated with the new anti-reflection tech. Very promising, and we can't wait to see the effect this will have on our smartphones outside, equipped with the next-gen Corning glass.



Not only that, but the germophobes of this world will rejoice when they hear that the company is also incorporating antimicrobial tech that is supposed to kill germs and viruses that can stick to your phone screen and get transferred to you or someone else using it. Even after half an hour, measurements showed that the treatment killed a bunch of invisible critters that are lounging on the glass at any given time, compared to regular displays, and in two hours all bacteria or viruses that could cause harm, were dead and buried.



Fascinating stuff, and the video is worth watching in its entirety over at the MIT Mobile Summit, despite that there was no word when will Corning start rolling these new sheets to phone and tablet makers except the vague "in the next two years". In any case, these new technologies are getting us one step closer to the utopian glass-laden future in the dreamy video below.

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23 Comments

1. Plesman

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

"Glass can withstand an astonishing amount of pressure. Imagine, for example, a scale that measures the pressure under an elephant’s foot. Glass can theoretically tolerate the pressure of 10,000 elephants stacked on top of that scale – a strength of 10 gigapascals." Oh, that's way! I though for sure my pet elephant would have broken the glass of my phone when he stepped on it, but it was fine! It's a shame I dropped it 10 minutes later and my screen was cracked!

12. HAWKS71

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 02, 2013

How dumb can people be?

14. yasir4yasir

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

Its a theoretical assumption. Its accounts only compressive stress or no bending stress. Glass is weak against bending stress.

19. SleepingOz unregistered

Tensile strength and impact resistance are two different things. It's a well known fact that materials with great tensile strength are usually brittle.

2. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Interesting stuff.

3. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Its a whole in the glass not Corning's new glass! :P

15. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

hole*

4. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

been waiting for non reflective screens for years. Whats the point of having a portable device if you can barely see the screen when outside. How long before we start start seeing devices with these new screens?

9. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

This might be Corning Gorilla Glass 4 or maybe some Corning Elephant anti-bacterial glass. I thought that circle in the huge sheet of glass was a cut out...really amazing tech though.

5. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Finally, now we don't have to struggle when looking at our smartphones out in the shining sun

6. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

rather drop proof

7. surethom

Posts: 1698; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

This is fantastic it cannot come quick enough. Sony needs this so much there phones are the worst, as I am typing on 1 now, so so bad.

8. Cyberchum

Posts: 1068; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

And it'll will take years to be implemented. The battery life advancements anyone?

10. byazatt

Posts: 316; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

This will be awesome news especially for amoled screens whose peak brightness has not gotten high enough. bring it on note three already! (wishful thinking. :-()

11. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 891; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Well done... Great article..

13. c.sanchez

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

The Xperia Z is in the new music video I'm Out- Ciara ft. Nicki Minaj

16. JMartin22

Posts: 2371; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I don't like Corning or how misleading their product advertisements seem to be. Their chemical reconditioned glass seems no more durable than generic glass. These stupid endurance lab tests aren't conducive to real life results either. You drop your phone on a hard surface, it's going to shatter, due to the kind of pressure load its taking.

18. milesboy5

Posts: 179; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

That is because Corning glass is SCRATCH resistant not drop proof... otherwise they would demonstrate that during their conferences.

17. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Very nice.

20. GrmanR

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 09, 2013

Not sre if i want all that glass in my house, an Earthquake would be really really bad lol

21. Brewski

Posts: 697; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

I want to go to there...

22. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Cool...

23. TBomb

Posts: 1505; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I want my whole phone to be made of this... i thnik it'd be pretty cool to have a phone that you can see all the chip and wires and such inside.

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