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No more Wii accidents with help from Gorilla glass

Posted on Wed, 4 Aug 2010 at 1:41



Video gamers know about Wii mishaps involving TV glass, and now there's a business that thinks they have a remedy. As outlined by the AP, Corning Inc. has taken their 50-year-old Chemcor invention and made it marketable as Gorilla glass. Soon, Corning will use Gorilla glass in high-end TVs and touch-screen tablets.

Gorilla glass first roared two years ago

It took Corning decades, but it seems that now they've found commercial application for Gorilla glass. Using the product for cell phone screens started a $ 170 million per year business, but that's small compared to what Corning could make within the flat screen TV and touch screen gadget market. In particular, Gorilla glass could possibly be used for frameless flat screen TVs that would look like artwork on a wall, rather than a television. Wii mishaps would be a thing of the past with Gorilla glass, yet the product would still look good.

Three times stronger and half as thick

AP reports that Gorilla glass beats ordinary LCD display glass hands down. It is three times as strong and much thinner. A Gorilla glass flat screen can be thinner than a dime, which greatly decreases shipping costs. Thus, Corning hopes to get its Asian manufacturers to get Gorilla glass to the TV market by early next year. Share prices of Corning are already up, which is a good sign. Corning's TV glass sales amounted to $ 5.4 billion last year, and Gorilla glass will take than number through the roof in 2011, experts predict. Adding Gorilla glass to TVs is forecasted to add only $ 30 to $ 60 per unit.

And what about other products?

Corning has its eye on numerous Gorilla glass uses. Think refrigerator doors that enable you to see what's in there without opening up and releasing the cold air. But for now, Corning seems content go ape and make billions more on flat screen TV glass.

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