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Old 06-04-2012, 11:43 AM   #1
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Corning Willow Glass will change everything

If this turns out to be as robust and easy to use as they suggest then waiting for cost effective yields with plastic substrate will end.



being able to go roll to roll for eink and oled displays with glass does away with a fair number of the issues faced when try to use plastics. if the radius of fold/roll is small enough the folding tablet device that has a large display but fits in your pants pocket will be reality



http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/04/c...w-glass-video/
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Old 06-04-2012, 12:00 PM   #2
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I wonder how long it would take for this to be implemented.
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Price isn't mentioned. The press release says "Currently manufacturing in a sheet-to-sheet process, ..." I'm going to take a wild guess and say price is going to be the biggest delay. 100 microns is wickedly thin, like a slightly thicker sheet of Mylar (typ. 75-odd microns).
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Old 06-04-2012, 04:10 PM   #4
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If productions speed outpaces sheet-to-sheet methods it shouls yield lower prices, not immediately but after a while. I'm sure other glass producers are working along the same lines.

If it is that thin, wouldn't a scratch from a knife open a hole down to the underlying substrate?
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:09 PM   #5
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It is not clear how hard this glass is. If I read the link right it was Engadget who said, "...it doesn't give up its patented Corning toughness," which doesn't really mean anything.

If it is anything like Gorilla Glass in hardness it won't cut or scratch easily. Today's high-end phone surfaces are pretty amazing (until you drop one). But they are advertising this as flexible and still capable of high temperature processing (for electronic fabrication). We'll see. If it is flexible but still fragile it may require a protective cover for some applications.

It would still be an improvement if an inexpensive glass cover layer breaks when you drop your e-reader rather than the E-ink glass electronic substrate.
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Old 06-04-2012, 07:20 PM   #6
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Flexible and scratch resistant is great. But does it shatter when shocked?

It will be interesting to compare eInk screens using this as a substrate to ones with a plastic substrate. When they eventually appear.
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:55 PM   #7
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With a willow willow waley I will read upon it gaily whilst quaffing from the chalice from the palace...or was that the vessel with the pestle.
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:23 PM   #8
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I heard that Pixel Qi, Mirasol and color eInk will change everything, too.
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Old 06-05-2012, 01:04 AM   #9
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How will this change everything exactly? Assuming I don't want to roll up my book of course. I'd much rather have a screen that came with no screen flash.
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How will this change everything exactly? Assuming I don't want to roll up my book of course. I'd much rather have a screen that came with no screen flash.
Imagine a phone or eReader with a lid that you open up and, voilà, you have twice the screen size.
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Imagine a phone or eReader with a lid that you open up and, voilà, you have twice the screen size.
Also, imagine an ereader whose display doesn't break when knocked off a student's desk in a classroom.
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Old 06-05-2012, 08:04 AM   #12
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and one that's monkey-proof. BONUS!

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It is not clear how hard this glass is. If I read the link right it was Engadget who said, "...it doesn't give up its patented Corning toughness," which doesn't really mean anything.

If it is anything like Gorilla Glass in hardness it won't cut or scratch easily. Today's high-end phone surfaces are pretty amazing (until you drop one). But they are advertising this as flexible and still capable of high temperature processing (for electronic fabrication). We'll see. If it is flexible but still fragile it may require a protective cover for some applications.

It would still be an improvement if an inexpensive glass cover layer breaks when you drop your e-reader rather than the E-ink glass electronic substrate.

This needs to be quoted and repeated. Gorilla Glass is the new clear.

Here's the HTC with Gorilla Glass.



Yet I've seen reports that if you drop it, it might well shatter.
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