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Corning Announces Flexible, 100 Microns Thick Willow Glass

by Brandon Russell | June 4, 2012June 4, 2012 1:15 pm PST

Corning Willow GlassWhen 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.

[via Corning]

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...