That is not plastic in the image above, it’s glass. In particular it’s a sheet of Corning’s new 100-micron-thick Willow Glass, a new ultra-thin and flexible substrate for LCDs and OLEDs. The extreme thinness of the glass should lead to lighter, svelter devices, but it also means that shape is no longer a barrier for design. In fact, Corning expects Willow Glass will eventually lead substrates to be manufactured “roll-to-roll” instead of “sheet-to-sheet” — similar to how newspapers are printed. Even though the glass as thin as paper (literally) it doesn’t give up its patented Corning toughness. Though, we wouldn’t subject this to the same sort of abuse that the more brolic Gorilla Glass is built to withstand. Willow will start showing up in smartphones first, but the company is already looking into additional applications, such as solar cells and lighting. For more, check out the video and PR after the break.
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