Touchscreens are one of the hottest trends today, but what happens if your screen cracks, shatters or falls off? Well, for starters, the device could be rendered useless. Corning Inc.’s Gorilla Glass is hoping to change that, however, with its lightweight, yet durable glass.
According to Corning, Gorilla Glass is made of “environmentally friendly alkali-aluminosilicate thin-sheet glass.” We don’t know exactly what that means, but thankfully Corning also tells us what Gorilla Glass does. It’s a thin, damage-resistant, touchscreen-compatible surface that’s easy to clean and exceptionally clear.
Gorilla Glass is most commonly used on smartphones, slates, tablets and televisions, all of which are expensive electronics that can be ruined by screen damage. So far, a number of well-known companies and devices are sporting Gorilla Glass finishes. They include Motorola, Samsung, Dell, LG, Acer and Sony.
Creating a more durable touchscreen can be a great benefit to seniors, especially those who feel they are too heavy handed or clumsy for expensive smartphones or tablets. While Gorilla Glass may not be able to guarantee that your gadget will survive any fall or bump, it should provide a bit of a cushion for minor mishaps.
Click below to see a Gorilla Glass demonstration at CES, courtesy of the LA Times.
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