A new type of flexible ultra-thin glass has been unveiled by the company that developed Gorilla Glass.
Dubbed Willow Glass, the product can be “wrapped” around a device, said the New York-based developer Corning.
The glass was showcased at the Society for Information Display’s Display Week, an industry trade show in Boston.
Besides smartphones, it could also be used for displays that are not flat, the company said.
But until such “conformable” screens appear on the market, the glass could be used for mobile devices that are constantly becoming slimmer.
“Displays become more pervasive each day and manufacturers strive to make both portable devices and larger displays thinner,” said Dipak Chowdhury, Willow Glass programme director at Corning.
The prototype demonstrated in Boston was as thin as a sheet of paper, and the company said that it can be made to be just 0.05mm thick – thinner than the current 0.2mm or 0.5mm displays.
The firm has already started supplying customers developing new display and touch technology with samples of the product.
Lots of potential outside technology products, of course: interior, textile and jewellery design could benefit (curved glass walls, wearable glass etc?)
(Read more at BBC News – Willow Glass: ultra-thin glass can ‘wrap’ around devices: .)