Corning, creator of the Gorilla Glass commonly used in smartphone screens, has released its ultra-slim and flexible Willow Glass.
Given that the glass has the potential to enable displays to be wrapped around a device and, according to Corning, is formulated to perform exceptionally well with electronic components such as touch sensors, it could herald the dawn of the phone which can be rolled up and stored in your pocket.
“Displays become more pervasive each day and manufacturers strive to make both portable devices and larger displays thinner. Willow Glass provides the substrate performance to maintain device quality in a thin and light form factor,” says Dipak Chowdhury, division vice president and Willow Glass program director. “Currently manufacturing in a sheet-to-sheet process, we expect Willow Glass to eventually allow customers to switch to high-throughput, efficient roll-to-roll processing, a long-awaited industry milestone.”