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Corning 3D Gorilla Glass coming to future flexible display devices

Corning Gorilla Glass

The newly announced Corning 3D Gorilla Glass display does not have anything to do with 3D television sets, as one would imagine, as the new product name refers to bendable glass the company will make for future mobile devices.

The company on Friday announced “the manufacturing readiness of novel 3D glass-forming technology to shape Corning Gorilla Glass,” which means 3D-shaped Gorilla Glass parts will start shipping to Corning’s partners later this year:

Corning’s 3D-forming technology can achieve precise tolerances and high throughput on a platform that is more economical than alternative two-mold forming methods. This technology uses Gorilla Glass of uniform thickness, assisting designers to introduce thinner and lighter devices and leverage the emergence of conformable displays for mobile and wearable applications.

It’s not clear what “thinner and lighter” devices with flexible displays will have 3D Gorilla Glass in them, but the company says that “more than half of the top 10 smartphone manufacturers already market devices that incorporate cover glass with subtle curves,” with demand expected to increase in the following year.

So far, we’ll add, only LG and Samsung have launched smartphones with flexible display – the G Flex and Galaxy Round, respectively.

The company will demo its new display tech at CES 2014 in a few days, at which point we expect to learn more details about the 3D Gorilla Glass.

Corning and GTOC Announce Manufacturing Readiness for 3D-Shaped Gorilla® Glass

Vertically integrated operations in Taiwan

CORNING, N.Y., January 03, 2014 – Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) today announced the manufacturing readiness of a novel 3D glass-forming technology to shape Corning® Gorilla® Glass. Corning is targeting commercialization of finished 3D-shaped Gorilla Glass parts in 2014 and is working with G-Tech Optoelectronics Corp. (GTOC) to establish a vertically integrated operation in Taiwan.

Product design continues to drive the consumer electronics industry. More than half of the top 10 smartphone manufacturers already market devices that incorporate cover glass with subtle curves, and the demand for even more-dramatic form factors is increasing. Corning’s 3D-forming technology meets this demand and expands the design possibilities for industrial designers.

The relationship with GTOC allows Corning to provide a “one-roof” solution. “We can now take Gorilla Glass all the way from flat sheet to a finished 3D-shaped product in Asia, expediting turnaround times and minimizing logistical complexity,” said James R. Steiner, senior vice president and general manager, Corning Specialty Materials. “That’s a win for Corning and our customers.”

Corning’s 3D-forming technology can achieve precise tolerances and high throughput on a platform that is more economical than alternative two-mold forming methods. This technology uses Gorilla Glass of uniform thickness, assisting designers to introduce thinner and lighter devices and leverage the emergence of conformable displays for mobile and wearable applications.

Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995), which are based on current expectations and assumptions about Corning’s financial results and business operations, that involve substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include: the effect of global political, economic and business conditions; conditions in the financial and credit markets; currency fluctuations; tax rates; product demand and industry capacity; competition; reliance on a concentrated customer base; manufacturing efficiencies; cost reductions; availability of critical components and materials; new product commercialization; pricing fluctuations and changes in the mix of sales between premium and non-premium products; new plant start-up or restructuring costs; possible disruption in commercial activities due to terrorist activity, armed conflict, political or financial instability, natural disasters, adverse weather conditions, or major health concerns; adequacy of insurance; equity company activities; acquisition and divestiture activities; the level of excess or obsolete inventory; the rate of technology change; the ability to enforce patents; product and components performance issues; retention of key personnel; stock price fluctuations; and adverse litigation or regulatory developments. These and other risk factors are detailed in Corning’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the day that they are made, and Corning undertakes no obligation to update them in light of new information or future events.

About GTOC

GTOC is the largest glass-processing service provider in Taiwan and has devoted its expertise with recognition in the optoelectronics industry for over a decade, focusing on developing core glass-processing technologies and cover-glass manufacturing.

About Corning Incorporated

Corning Incorporated (www.corning.com) is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on more than 160 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy, and metrology.

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New Book App Gorilla Band Strives For Share of Mind With a Big Heart

Atlanta, Georgia – New Storybook App Strives for Share of Mind, with a Big Heart, Donating Sale Proceeds to The VH1 Save the Music Foundation

When parents and teachers think of apps for kids, games and digital toys rather than book apps tend to be top of mind. Stories you can touch are still a whole new world and the way in which digital books are organized doesn’t help their cause. Wasabi Productions are intent on not letting this get in the way of people downloading Gorilla Band, their fifth and most interactive storybook app yet – publicly available on Thursday 15th August.

In iTunes, ‘Books’ sits next to ‘Apps’ in the primary navigation, and book apps are a sub-category within in the ‘Apps’ menu – suffice it to say there’s a lot of confusion about what a book app is, how it differs from a eBook or iBook, and where to find one.

It remains to be seen whether the new ‘kids’ category in iOS7 will improve the status quo, making categorization by age rather than content type a new way for discovery.

Gorilla Band represents a new breed of interactive book that is built in Unity3D and takes place in a completely three-dimensional jungle-world. It’s an exemplar of where digital publishing for children is heading, into immersive and sensory reading experiences that unfold through interaction and are steeped in age-appropriate educational benefits (many of which are Common Core Standards aligned).

Wasabi is proud to support American not-for-profit VH1 Save the Music Foundation around this app release with ten percent of proceeds from app sales going to benefit the charity’s work in restoring instrumental music education programs in America’s public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education .

“We are grateful to Wasabi Productions for their generous support of our cause,” said Paul Cothran, Vice President and Executive Director of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. “It is exciting to see how technology can further complement education and help students develop their appreciation for music.”

“We’re doing everything we can to get Gorilla Band into the hands of children who will enjoy the story and benefit from its lessons, and are confident the app will speak for itself once downloaded,” said Amy Friedlander, VP Marketing & Strategy for Wasabi Productions.

Gorilla Band is publicly available from Thursday 15 August as a universal app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch for .99 (Educational institutions discount applies through iTunes). Launching soon on Google Play and Kindle stores. Special launch pricing of .99 applies.

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Wasabi Productions believes children can deepen their love of stories and language through more intimate engagement with characters and imaginary worlds afforded by interactive digital technology. They’re an independent publisher of original, high-quality storybook apps designed for pre-schoolers and touch screen devices. The company was born in Australia, and one of the first publishers of interactive children’s books for the iPad. Wasabi focuses on reimagining storybooks for the digital age, and entertaining young kids with tales of memorable characters where their interaction is central. The books contain moral and social outtakes, and together with text highlighting and educational elements, contribute positively to early readers’ development. Wasabi apps have received critical acclaim and the developer is one of the founding members of the Moms With Apps ‘Know What’s Inside’ initiative to protect children’s privacy in apps. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2013 Wasabi Productions. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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Gorilla Glass vs Sapphire: Corning challenges strength claims of alternative phone cover

Sapphire screens
Making sure that your mobile device is well-protected — whether it is against excess data charges or cellphone theft — is of utmost importance these days. Protection against scratches to the screen in particular is one of the most pressing issues for smartphone and tablet owners, and an entire industry is now dedicated to serving this very important need. Currently, Corning leads the industry with its world-famous Gorilla Glass screens. But makers of sapphire screens — a promising alternative — might soon rise to dethrone it. Is it ready for the challenge?

As it turns out, Corning is not only ready to face the oncoming sapphire-gilded wave of the future, but it is also prepared to shoot down claims that sapphire could someday replace its Gorilla Glass screens. It recently ran tests of its toughest Gorilla Glass 3 material and compared it with its own lab-grown sapphire sheets. In the end, it concluded that sapphire is just a little more scratch-resistant but still just as prone to damage and breaking.

In a statement that was first released to CNET, Corning’s senior vice president and operations chief of staff Jeff Evenson said that samples of their in-house and lab-grown sapphire could not best Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 in the classic tumble test, where devices are spun for 45 minutes to see how it fares against scratches. He also called sapphire “brittle,” and noted that it could be dangerous to users if handled right after breaking. Corning and Evenson are just not very big fans of sapphire, apparently.

In other words, what Corning is saying is that sapphire may not be the best material to use for next-generation smartphone displays, which are only bound to get bigger and more feature-rich as technology progresses. Also, if you’re thinking of potential sources of workable sapphire display covers in the future, you can count them out. Corning says that it doesn’t plan on using sapphire alternatives in lieu of Gorilla Glass any time soon.

It’s important that you choose a phone or a tablet that you know won’t break very easily after being knocked around and scratched a few times. But it’s also important to remember that pretty much anything will break if the drop-off point is high enough, or if the force of impact is strong enough. Perhaps the best piece of advice you can take from all of this is just don’t ever, ever drop your tablet or phone.


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Look out Gorilla Glass, next gen devices might feature sapphire displays

Sapphire-Crystal for Deboulle

Have you ever dropped your smartphone or tablet? Not a pleasant experience, I know. As always, the relentless pursuit of innovation is yielding achievements and developments in areas not previously thought possible. Science once confined to the limits of military and security applications has been leaping over to the cutthroat mobile device market for some time now.

When it comes to protecting the displays of our precious devices, Corning’s Gorilla Glass is currently state of the art. Here’s a demo we’ve seen at MWC in February.

Sapphire could be the next wonder material 

Sapphire itself is a special material. With a melting point of 2,030C, it remains virtually impervious to pretty much everything that’s thrown at it. As the second hardest material next to diamond, it is significantly more abundant and less expensive, making it perfect for our beloved mobile devices. What’s more is that it has long enjoyed success in a variety of applications – namely bulletproofing the cars of some very special people, and on Rolex watches to ensure that the face stays scratch free throughout years of use. And there’s many more.

Pieces of GT Advanced Technologies sapphire glass. The one on the left is designed for an iPhone 5

Extremetech GT Advanced Technologies sapphire glass prototypes. Can you spot the one for the iPhone 5 on the far left?

The sum of it is that sapphire is ten times more scratch resistant than normal glass, and, while we don’t have real world tests of how it will stack up next to Corning’s famous Gorilla Glass, we’d have to say that it’s likely to yield some drastic improvements for people that tend to drop their devices more than they ought to.

Naturally, it’s still a material that has a crystalline structure, and is therefore still capable of shattering or cracking, but the fact remains, it is significantly harder and stronger than the materials used in our smartphone displays today. While it remains roughly ten times as expensive as its immediate competitor – Gorilla Glass, economies of scale in the furiously competitive mobile device economy will result in it becoming much cheaper in a relatively short period of time. According to the talented nerds at ExtremeTech:

 ”Sapphire glass is around three times the strength and scratch resistance of Corning’s Gorilla Glass, [making] an almost perfect smartphone screen. There’s one caveat: according to a market analyst, a sheet of Gorilla Glass costs around , while the same piece of sapphire glass would cost . Thanks to increasing competition, though, the cost of sapphire glass is dropping. It wouldn’t be surprising to see a high-end smartphone (such as the iPhone) use a sapphire screen in the next few years.”

If you’ve taken the time to see our drop tests, you’ll know that most devices don’t hold up very well against concrete. Assuming similar advancements are made in other materials, we one day could all own devices that are incredibly hard to smash, shatter, and break.

Is this a welcome advancement? Have you ever shattered or broken your devices display?

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