Rhino Shield makes Corning's Gorilla Glass up to five times stronger

By Matthew ยท 14 replies
Feb 14, 2013
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  1. Corning's Gorilla Glass does a fine job of keeping smartphones relatively safe against typical bumps and scrapes, but given how common it is to hear about cracked displays, there's obviously plenty of room for improvement. Hoping to provide such an...

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  2. Rippleman

    Rippleman TS Evangelist Posts: 813   +371

    Instead of using kickstarter, why not take their product to Samsung, Apple, Nokia etc? I would rather license the tech for billions rather then hawk it at accessory stores for millions.
  3. Littleczr

    Littleczr TS Addict Posts: 439   +86

    Why did they keep a layer over the phone on the tests? I am not convinced until test it in real life scenarios.
  4. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,146   +911

    You really didn't read the article did you?
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  5. Littleczr

    Littleczr TS Addict Posts: 439   +86

    Screen protector my mistake lol
    Burty117 likes this.
  6. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,999   +1,318

    The confusion is understandable as gorilla glass is mentioned in the title, leading readers to have an initial belief that it is somehow integrated into gorilla glass...when in reality this would be compatible with most glass (although it may have different strengths depending)
  7. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 820   +344

    Will this mean that iphones will soon be able to withstand forces stronger than a light fart without breaking?
    St1ckM4n likes this.
  8. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 954   +515

    That's nice and all, but how does it handle a blow on the corner?
    p51d007 likes this.
  9. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Addict Posts: 609   +109

    The product might work great - time will tell - but the demonstration was a bit misleading (I'll assume it was unintentional).

    Gorilla Glass (or any glass for that matter) is much stronger on it's surface vs on it's edge. For example, during the 'drop' test, the phones were all dropped flat on their screens. Most screens are broken when the phone lands on it's bezel.

    Additionally, you can find plenty of YouTube torture videos that show Gorilla Glass sans and type of 'shield' that survive being beaten by a hammer perfectly fine.

    Additionally, with the ball bearing drop, I suspect that the survivability of the glass has more to do with the lamination provided by the rhino shield. I would hazard a guess that a thick piece of tape would provide very similar 'protection'.

    It's a well made video, but it is greatly lacking in any type of scientific merit. Rhino Shield may very well work great, but there needs to be a lot more data on comparison of no protection vs regular screen protector vs rhino shield. At least according to the demonstrations in the video, I'm not seeing anything that the rhino shield can do that a regular ol' screen protector can't do (for probably a lot cheaper).
  10. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,308   +649

    EXACTLY! A direct impact with Gorilla glass usually won't break it, but, as you've seen from numerous posts online, most of the damaged screens you see, the impact point is at the corner of the device. The other thing, 3 sheets of 20# paper may not seem thick, but, what kind of distortion is that going to cause the screen?
  11. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Nothing wrong with giving people peace of mind over their expensive investment and making a few bucks at the same time. That's capitalism folks.
  12. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,283   +242

    let's call the mythbusters.

    so with the protective layer, the screen can withstand some force coming from a hammer.
    I wonder if the phone case actually absorbs the force of impact from the test.
  13. HaMsTeYr

    HaMsTeYr TS Guru Posts: 379   +6

    Rhino Shield is a screen protector dude. Watch the videos, and it's really that much apparent.

    In fact one says Gorilla Glass 2 / Gorilla Glass 2 + Rhino Shield.
  14. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +472

    Sounds very interesting!
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,993   +2,528

    I'm still holding onto a healthy dose of skepticism until the BS, hype, and cutesy-pie power naming escalates to, "Titanium T-Rex Tooth", before I even consider thinking about it being "unbreakable".....:p
    Skidmarksdeluxe likes this.

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