We are going to start seeing some real improvements in display technology, with American glass manufacturer, Corning, looking to produce a new “3D-shaped” Gorilla Glass for use in devices that will utilize a curved display. This seems to be the new trend, which is likely why the company has begun changing the form of its popular Gorilla Glass, which is currently used in many smartphones. Many of Corning’s products are used for industrial purposes and, as a result, are used in smartphones, tablets, and computers.
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.
Corning issued a press release on Friday announcing the new glass technology, which can be used in future products such as Apple’s rumored iWatch. Due to the fact that Corning is creating a 3D glass-forming technology to mold the Gorilla Glass shows it may debut in tech products sooner rather than later. Corning can utilize this technology to move into a field that it has been watching for quite some time, which is wearables. Smart watches are what the tech industry is looking forward to, and Corning is fully aware that smartphones are no longer the only products that can use its glass technology. The company is setting up a vertically integrated operation with Taiwanese company G-Tech Optoelectronics Corp. to help form the Gorilla Glass and bring it to fruition on all types of devices.
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.
Apple’s iWatch is expected to arrive in the second half of this year in different sizes for men and women. It is still unclear, however, if Apple will use Corning’s new technology in its iWatch product.