Already available on the Droid X and and Dell Streak, Gorilla Glass is Corning’s apparently indestructible glass material that will now reportedly reinforce the LCD TV screens and touchscreen tablet devices in the near future. Called “stab-proof” technology, Gorilla Glass certainly sounds like an innovative and exciting feature, but it hasn’t yet been implemented by any of the major TV manufacturing companies.
Corning is positioning its Gorilla Glass for use in large screen TVs. This is the same type of glass that is supposed to be scratch and breakage resistant and is used on the iPhone 4. The downside is that the Gorilla Glass on the iPhone 4 has proven to not be so scratch resistant or break resistant as we had hoped.
Gorilla is two to three times stronger than chemically strengthened versions of ordinary soda-lime glass, even when just half as thick, company scientists say. Its strength also means Gorilla can be thinner than a dime, saving on weight and shipping costs.
If it was just TV we watched then there would be little need for tough glass, but when you consider Wii Remotes, and the forthcoming PlayStation Move, gamers may appreciate some extra protection against flying remotes. DisplaySearch market analyst Paul Gagnon said alternatives “obviously scratch easier, they’re thicker and heavier, but they’re also cheaper.” He estimates that a sheet of Gorilla would add $30 to $60 to the cost of a set.
Gorilla Glass is expected to make its first appearance across LCD TVs and tablets by CES 2011 release.
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