What Crazy Gadgets Will Be Made With Corning's New Flexible Glass?

Corning, the venerable creator of Gorilla Glass, is making a big deal showing off its latest creation. Meet Corning Willow Glass -- the ultra-thin, flexible glass that bends and rolls like plastic.

Willow Glass is only 100 microns thick and is designed to work with touch sensors. It's pretty clear based on the information Corning provides that the new glass is aimed at displays for tablets, phones and computers. OK, so maybe a rollable iPad isn't in the works, but the glass will enable new types of designs, such as devices with screens "wrapped" around them. The glass could be used to make curved OLED or LCD displays, for example, making for a more immersive viewing experience. The company is also exploring using the glass for flexible solar cells and lighting. Samples of Willow Glass are currently shipping to manufacturers -- let's see what coolness they make out of it. [Corning via Engadget]


    It will all come down to how strong it is. If it is too prone to scratching it won't be much use.

      hmmm, i wonder if they thought of that, maybe you should call and let them know they've wasted their time

        I'm sure they would have been shouting from the rooftops if it was as strong as Gorilla Glass AND flexible. The fact they've not mentioned its scratch-resistance kind of tells me that it is not so good. However, following the link to the original article, they did say it should be tough enough, although not as tough as Gorilla Glass.

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      Graphene is so 2011; silicene is the next big thing.

      As for the glass, I can't see it being able to be curved through very small radius of curvature, so you won't see it as a wraparound for a phone screen for example any time soon.

        Any glass can be bent into any shape, so the wrap-around screen is already possible. What we won't be seeing straight away are screens that can be folded up and placed into a pocket.

    I don't get it? Didn't they just reinvent see-through plastic?

    There'll be some cool applications, none of which I can think up right now.

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