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Corning Gorilla Glass 4 focuses on drop protection

By Shawn Knight
Nov 20, 2014
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  1. The fight against gravity is one that your smartphone is never going to win but companies like Corning strive to minimize the damage. Their Gorilla Glass brand of hardened glass is used by nearly every major electronics manufacturer as a...

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  2. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,185   +530

    With the mess that happened with Apple and GTAT, maybe Corning could buy out GTAT.
     
  3. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 739   +249

    Somebody should let them know that phones very rarely land precisely face down. Most of the time it's on the edge or a corner.
     
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  4. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    About time they started focusing on this.
     
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,519   +2,062

    Stop being so hard assed and just put your phone in a functional, not decorative protective pouch, if you drop it the chances are excellent it will survive without a scratch... OK so you might break the PCB in half and scramble the internals a bit but externally the phone will still look great and that's important, right? :D ;)
     
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  6. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Guru Posts: 752   +273

    Hehe, "a$$phalt"

    Otherwise, I'd like to see their testing for edge drops, as it is usually worse than face drops...
     
  7. gamoniac

    gamoniac TS Addict Posts: 293   +69

    Very cool, but why the sandpaper simulation? Why not go to a nearby hardware store and buy a tile or paver tile for $2? They can't get any more real. That is where I dropped mine, on the kitchen tile :(
     
  8. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 658   +174

    What they should instead be doing is making the screens from a rubbery soft substance instead of going harder and harder until a few years from now it will be adamantium laced diamond screens that can survive a 50 cal round at <6 ft
     
  9. Win7Dev

    Win7Dev TS Evangelist Posts: 567   +174

    Samsung and LG have been working on flexible display tech. Flexible displays are required before flexible coverings, else the screen would still be obliterated upon impact.
     
  10. Why would they buy out a Bankrupt company -_-
     
  11. "What they should instead be doing is making the screens from a rubbery soft substance instead of going harder and harder until a few years from now it will be adamantium laced diamond screens that can survive a 50 cal round at <6 ft"

    Adamantium laced screen to survive .50 cal round? no need adamantium, even now with our technology we could make transparent armor (glass) that can survive .50 cal, it called transparent aluminium.. or aluminum oxynitride, now it's extensively used (or incorporated) in many products especially for military purposes and or armor applications
     
  12. It seems like the failures at GTAT were largely due to chronic mismanagement and not due to technical limitations. Corning manages large projects like this very capably - I think they should buy GTAT in order to stay ahead here. If they don't, one of their competitors will.
     
  13. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Kind of bummed that Apple's sapphire endeavors went wrong since we really need better shatter protection. On the other hand, it is good to see Corning stepping up.
     
  14. They should use the glass that they use for Pyrex bowls. Those things can survive a nuclear bomb.
     
  15. Mikymjr

    Mikymjr TS Enthusiast Posts: 121   +8

    think about how you can make your own vest, just by buying a few of those. Will make an excellent setup for paint-balling also =p
     

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