By Stephen Schenck | July 5, 2013 3:53 PM
Corning’s found a receptive market in smartphones for its advanced glass manufacturing techniques, and the company’s various iterations of Gorilla Glass help protect millions of handsets over the years. Durability isn’t the only desirable quality Corning’s been working towards, and the company recently shared news of a couple other developments that could be coming to our phones in the years to come.
No, that image up above isn’t a demonstration of some super-durable glass that lets you easily punch a hole through it without shattering. In fact, that’s not a hole at all; it’s Corning’s latest anti-reflective treatment in action. Making screens readable in direct sunlight is a battle on two fronts, fighting to reject glare and to increase brightness. This treatment sure looks like it could go a long way towards helping things out with the former.
Then there’s word of an antimicrobial coating for Corning’s glass. It’s a little gross to consider, but when you think about all the potential opportunities germs have to get on your phone during the day, and how much time you then keep your phone right up on your face, the idea of a phone that actively kills bacteria on its surface sounds like a very smart idea. The effectiveness of the coating is time-dependent, and after a couple hours any nasty stuff living on your screen should be long dead.