Corning Gorilla Glass has become a name brand staple on many smartphones these days, and the company is now looking to better protect wearable devices. The company has just announced Glass SR+ designed for wearables. If you’re a smartwatch user you know for a fact that at some point you will bang your device into something. The glass being used today does a decent job protecting and staying relatively scratch free but Glass SR+ is supposed to be even better. Corning claims to have invented a new composite that will give Glass SR+ even more scratch resistance than their current glass which is good news for many.
In lab tests, Corning Gorilla Glass SR+ demonstrated superior scratch resistance approaching that of alternative luxury cover materials, while delivering up to 70 percent better damage resistance against impacts and 25 percent better surface reflection than those alternative materials. Such step improvements in optical performance enable longer battery life and improved outdoor readability.
“In early 2015, Corning launched Project Phire with the goal of engineering glass-based solutions with the scratch resistance approaching luxury cover materials, combined with the superior damage resistance of Gorilla Glass,” said Scott Forester, director, innovation products, Corning Gorilla Glass. “Corning Gorilla Glass SR+ delivers a superior combination of properties that is not available in any other material today – it is in a class of its own.”
Leveraging its strengths in glass science and fusion manufacturing, Corning leads the cover glass industry it created nearly 10 years ago. Corning Gorilla Glass has been used on more than 4.5 billion devices worldwide, including more than 1,800 product models across 40 major brands. With the introduction of Corning Gorilla Glass SR+, the one company that has been innovating with glass for 165 years offers manufacturers of wearable devices a clear alternative to luxury cover materials.
Corning Gorilla Glass SR+ is commercially available and is expected to be on product models from leading global brands later this year.
This new glass should hopefully bring more durability to wearables across the board and we’re looking forward to that. What do you think of Corning’s new glass? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.