Take some silicon carbite particles and essentially sand blast the glass enough to make it experience the same wear and tear a mobile user with give the glass on their phone over time and then try and break the glass. That’s essentially what Corning’s Gorilla Glass presentation did to four different samples of glass. This year at CES 2012 Corning is presenting their next line of Gorilla Glass simply dubbed, Gorilla Glass 2 – Tough just got Better.
The tagline for the new Corning Gorilla Glass 2 is, “The damage resistance you demand, at a thinness that will astound you. Corning Gorilla Glass 2 is as tough and scratch resistant as ever to withstand the unexpected abuses of everyday life. But now it’s thinner, enabling slimmer and sleeker devices, brighter images, and greater touch sensitivity. Look for it on the world’s coolest smartphones, tablets, and PCs.” We are sharing two Corning CES 2012 demonstrations below that show two different presenters from Corning.
Honestly the demonstration that provides the metal pin to let an audience member try and break the glass was more entertaining to me in a magic show kind of way. You know how it goes, the magician always lets someone in the audience check the $1 bill or make sure the board is firm and has no play to it. Well, just like that an audience member gets to grab a metal pin with a round point on it and break all four slides of glass.
The first two slides of glass are the old type of glass protection you’d have in old cellphones. One was actually reinforced with some type of ionized science miracle. The last two slides of glass are the famous Gorilla Glass that all leading tablets like the iPad 2 and Amazon Kindle Fire use in their screens. Gorilla Glass is also used in most leading cellphones on the market like the Samsung Galaxy S II and iPhone 4s.
The best part is when the guy tries to break the last slide of Gorilla Glass which is 20 percent thinner and even stronger than the first version of Gorilla Glass. Corning Gorilla Glass describes the product as, “New Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2 is now up to 20 percent thinner, enabling slimmer devices, better touch responsiveness, and brighter images without sacrificing the damage resistance consumers demand. The result is superior design flexibility for electronics manufacturers as they develop high performing, touch sensitive, and durable mobile devices.”
The next video is a bit more scientic with the press being used on the different slabs of glass. You get to observe the pounds exerted on the slabs of glass and really get to see how much a regular old piece of glass on a cellphone could withstand opposed to the almost invinceable Gorilla Glass. Certainly CES in Las Vegas has shown that in even a year glass can be completely revolutionized so that consumers can become lazier and more complacent with protecting their high end tech devices.