When I think of glass, I think of flat, inflexible and fragile windows panes. Also: People waling into the walls of Apple stores. Corning sees glass differently. In addition to the company’s Gorilla Glass 2 and and Lotus Glass, Corning has developed a new product that “could revolutionize display manufacturing,” and the company is calling it Willow Glass.
Announced on Monday, Willow Glass is an ultra-slim flexible glass substrate that has the potential to “wrap” itself around a device or structure, meaning future smartphones and tablets could get all kinds of weird. “This new, ultra-slim flexible glass will also help develop comfortable (curved) displays for immersive viewing or mounting on non-flat surfaces,” Corning said. “Advances in fusion forming have made it possible to produce glass that is 100 microns thick — about the thickness of a sheet of copy paper.”
Corning said the company is currently shipping samples of Willow Glass, and aims to collaborate with customers to develop new display and touch applications.