Lotus Glass by Corning and Japanese non-reflective glass to herald a new era in outdoor visibility

Lotus Glass by Corning and Japanese non-reflective glass to herald a new era in outdoor visibility
Manufacturers of mobile display panels are very in vogue right now, and the final cover of the display package - the thin glass layer that protects it - is even getting mainstream attention with marketing names like Gorilla or Dragontrail glass.

Corning, the maker of Gorilla Glass, have developed a new generation with its proprietary fusion process, called Lotus Glass, which, as the name suggests, is thinner and allows for more light to come through, thus reducing the power consumption requirements of the backlight in the case of LCD, and lowering reflectance in the case of OLED displays.

Since low reflectance is almost as important for good outdoor visibility from a smartphone or tablet as high brightness, we welcomed another piece of news about a new glass type, this time coming from the Nippon Electric Glass company. By plastering over 30 layers of special film with nanometers thickness on each side, the researchers have managed to achieve the so-called "invisible glass", i.e. one that reflects almost no light, so you don't even know it's there.

Modern smartphones and tablets' glasses reflect about 8% of the light that passes through them, making for unpleasant glare and/or reduced visibility in direct sunlight. Better relfectance ratios are in phones with Super AMOLED displays - less than 6% - which contributes to outside visibility being on par with their brighter LCD counterparts. 

The reflectance ratio of Nippon's "invisible glass"? Only 0.5% of the light doesn't make it through, which means improving outdoor visibility by leaps and bounds. The glass was shown at the FPD 2011 International expo in Japan last week, and we hope the tech will be commercialized as soon as possible to find its ways into smarpthones and tablets.

For more information about the various mobile screen types, you can read our in-depth article.



1. kamen

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

Geee. Poor we - who's gonna clean all this glass :)

2. bananakid

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Their glassy near future missed out a large market - displays in (eye)glasses!

3. fanesxx

Posts: 74; Member since: May 19, 2011

dude cooking and no sex, that ain't my ihouse

4. remyrz

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 28, 2010

......... ............... ............ ..... I better start working and earn some money.. -__-'

5. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I grew up close to Corning. From the sleepy little town it's based in, you'd never guess at the world changing tech the company has put out, but it does just that. :)

6. Shin

Posts: 18; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

how much do i need to have this kind of life?

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

that is aweeesome.. lol now i know why im in college studying all this med.. to buy all that crap!! lol

8. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Powered by Android lol I kid. Amazing video tho.. And to think this is pretty close to possible.

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

a lot of this stuff was done by microsoft a good few years ago when they were doing their "house of the future" stuff. What's even better than cornings glass wall panel tv? MS's electronic paint that makes the whole wall the TV. :) They took quite a few cues from MS ideas. Nothing wrong with that though as its still awesome.. and we are still waiting for commercial use of any of it.. lol.

10. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Good stuff. Things just keep getting better. What an era we live in, where tech just keeps evolving for the better =)

11. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

wow incredible. who will be the first to push this tech. im guessing samsung

12. elite monkey

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

i have that sort of thing on my glasses... its actually works there's a very stark difference

13. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I think that's what people used for the iPhone 5 rumor, the similarity is incredible, my guess the render was based on this one

14. evo-ninja

Posts: 32; Member since: May 23, 2011

you have to admit, the frigerator was tight

15. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

farenheit 451 anyone? anyway, hopefully my next upgrade will have this glass. i think this ultra clear glass opens up more possibilities for the clear solar panels that were shown off at CTIA. more sunlight gets through so more energy is absorbed and less energy used by the backlight. cool.

16. Habib

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

amazing! i watched this commercial, like 4 months ago .. and man it seems like its getting closer! i want a car with that kinda tech the phone and the damn room! the rest can just wait! i like to cook in a kitchen :/

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