We live in a high tech world. Just about everyone I know has some kind of a device to help keep them “connected” to the rest of the world whether it’s a cellphone, tablets, notebooks or other devices. Most people can’t leave home without one of these devices.
I am not as attached to these devices as other people I know, but I do rely on them on a daily basis so I can blog, reply to emails and keep in touch with my family.
I have been fortunate that I have not dropped and broken any of my devices, but our daughter has not been as lucky. She has accidentally dropped her cellphone several times, some of which resulted in a broken screen. If you have ever broken a screen on a cellphone, tablet or notebook you know how expensive a repair or replacement can be.
Dropping any of my devices is a huge concern of mine. I think I am more fearful of dropping and breaking my devices more so than I am losing them.
Corning Incorporated has developed a special glass that can help reduce damage to your device’s screen. It’s called Gorilla® Glass 4.
Corning started to create Gorilla Glass once they learned that users biggest gripe about their devices is that they can be easily be broken when dropped and they can scratch easily. Their scientists worked hard to figure out why breaks happen, then they worked on a way to reduce breaks. And thus Gorilla® Glass 4 was created.
Gorilla Glass is not your typical glass. It’s actually a highly developed specialized glass product.
Gorilla Glass begins with raw materials that are blended to create a glass composition. This composition is then melted and conditioned. The material is then fed through something called an “isopipe” which turns the material into a continuous flat sheet of glass. This glass is untouched by human hands or anything that could introduce any flaws to the surface.
After the glass is cut down into smaller pieces it goes through an ion-exchange process. The glass is then placed in a hot bath of molten salt at a temperature of approximately 400 degrees C. This process allows for smaller sodium ions to leave the glass and allows for the larger potassium ions from the salt bath replace them. These large ions take up more room and are pressed together when the glass cools, producing a layer of compressive stress on the surface of the glass.
It’s really high tech stuff.
This process allows for the glass to not only be stronger, but it also produces great clarity and allows for the glass to be made thinner which is great because many consumers are looking for thinner, lightweight devices that they can take with them on the go.
Corning put Gorilla Glass 4 through rigorous tests including dropping devices with Gorilla® Glass on everyday surfaces like concrete and asphalt. It was found that Gorilla Glass 4 performs up to 2x better than competitor’s glass when dropped from a height of three feet. Products with Gorilla Glass 4 survived this drop 80% of the time. It is also more scratch resistance.
Many devices are already available with Gorilla Glass. If you would like to check and see if your devices are made with Gorilla Glass please visit the Products with Gorilla Glass page.
I really like Gorilla Glass. I take my cellphone with me where ever I go whether it’s around the corner or across the country. The last thing I want is for my phone to slip out of my hands and come crashing down on the sidewalk and break. That is my worse fear. I’ve seen it happen to our daughter’s phone. I still remember seeing it drop on the concrete steps outside of our home. It was as if I was watching it in slow motion and there was nothing I could do to stop it.
The second time her screen broke when the phone slipped out of her pocket and landed on the road. If her phone was made with Gorilla Glass she would have had more protection and possibly survive both drops. If you are interested in learning more about Gorilla Glass you can visit CorningGorillaGlass.com. You can also check it out on Facebook (CorningGorillaGlass) and Twitter (@CorningGorilla). You can also see what others have to say about Gorilla Glass by checking out the hashtags #GorillaGlass and #IsItOnYours.
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Corning Incorporated sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine.