While Corning keeps pumping-out Gorilla Glass to help us protect our phones from well, from ourselves, mainly other companies are looking into other kinds of glass that can be specially manufactured to gain unique abilities of their own. One promising new technology from Nippon Electric Glass hopes to substantially reduce the effects of glare on device screens.
The so-called “invisible glass” is a composite material made with dozens of layers of a special anti-reflective film coating. The effect of this treatment is that the glass now reflects somewhere in the range of one-half of a percent of transmitted light. For comparison, normal glass is up somewhere around eight percent, meaning that surface reflections off invisible glass should be only one-sixteenth as pronounced as those from regular glass.
There aren’t any specific plans to bring invisible glass to smartphones, but we sure hope some manufacturers are already considering it.