The future is made of glass: How incredible breakthroughs in glass technology will transform consumer electronics

“It’s hard to think of glass as an area of rapid technology evolution,” Mike Elgan writes for Computerworld. “But it’s one of the central technologies that will bring us incredible innovations over the next couple of years.”

“A combination of new technology, plus a strong desire on the part of major companies to transform glass, will affect nearly every category of consumer electronics, from smart watches to phones to tablets to desktop computers to smart homes and offices,” Elgan writes.

“Hundreds of companies and organizations are working on the coming glass revolution,” Elgan writes.But here are four companies and one university that announced serious breakthroughs recently, shattering old ideas about what’s possible with glass.”

Read more in the full article, which covers, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Corning, plus MIT’s new glass technology that solves the glare problem, here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

14 Comments

      1. I can’t say for sure, but it gives me the impression that the glass back is heavier than it needs to be. Also, eliminating a flat slab of glass opens up the ability to have a different shape, possibly a larger radius on the edges.

        Maybe it’s just me, but my iPhone 4 has never felt quite right in my hand. Of course, it’s still better handling than some of those oversized Android phones.

        1. No the “glass” back is not heavier, gorilla glass on the back (and front) of an iPhone is actually a laminated system. In reality the mineral glass is very thin. It’s job is to protect the acrylic (which is the structural component of the laminate) from scratching.
          That was the genius of the apple screen (which now nearly every ‘roid phone is copying) was that it was as light and durable as an acrylic screen but as durable (more actually) as the mineral glass face of a fine watch.

            1. Checked with one of my kids friends (works as genus at local apple store) and he says both the back and front are laminated (i.e. ultra thin cover glass laminated to acrylic plastic) So, not guaranteeing it is exact ally the same glass as the front, but it is laminated (identical to the front) so weight is not an issue (vs plastic)
              (he was going to check for me so I will update if he confirms it is also gorilla glass)

              That said, I would love to see them make the iPhone out of one of the super tough ceramics that they make pistons and bearings out of.

  1. Wait… did he write “watches”? Wow, sometimes I forget that people actually use those. I never liked wearing a watch and quit as soon as I got my first cell phone about a decade ago. Sure, it makes it quicker to check to the time, but it still seems redundant to me.

    1. Dude even if it’s not about the time, a lot of them just look awesome. A nice stainless steel diver’s watch is the icing on the cake with daily casual wear. And I’ve got a few fun Casio G-Shocks, like the G-9000-8 Mudman “Stormtrooper” I’m rocking today. Many people like watches for the sake of watches and I’m one of them.

      1. Cracked me up!

        Having worked extensively around electrical stuff all my life, I never wore a watch until some Japanese brand came out with rubber/plastic covers and wrist bands.

        The great thing about living is that we can choose (more or less) what we consider fashionable and wear/drive/use it. I plain don’t like jewelry but if someone gave me a Piaget Polo, I’d certainly be happy to wear it once in a while! http://amzn.to/JIxRqW

    2. Watches will always be fashionable and typically one of the few pieces of jewlery a man should ever wear. BTW its much easier to check the time on my Marathon GSAR or, any other watch in my collection, than to dig in my pocket to pull out my iPhone. As always YMMV

    1. Funny to me how the refrigerator and teflon pan in the video are vintage 199X. Same with the clothes. Are tech tools the only thing that changes in the future?

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