I want you to stop for a second and take a look at your smartphone. Even if it's brand new, I bet you can already see a little wear and tear around the edges.
And for some folks, it's not a question of "if" but "when" they shatter the glass on their screen. Cases and screen protectors can definitely lengthen the life of your gadget, but they're not completely foolproof.
You know that the big smartphone companies have been testing ways to make the glass on smartphones stronger and more able to withstand the punishment of a busy life. That's what Sapphire glass was supposed to be for Apple.
Sadly, the Sapphire company is on its way out, thanks to the decision by Apple to not use Sapphire on the front of the new iPhone 6 like it had originally planned. Luckily, there's a new competitor that claims it has an even better solution than Sapphire glass.
It's a name that you know quite well, and is probably on the bottom of your dishes as well as the front of your smartphone. Corning, the company that created Gorilla Glass and its subsequent models, has just announced Gorilla Glass 3.
This latest model of the tough glass that has graced smartphone screens for years boasts that it can now withstand up to two times more stress than Gorilla Glass 2. The new Gorilla Glass 3 still has the same thickness, scratch resistance, and optical properties as the previous version but the developers focused on one important stress factor: drop tests.
Gorilla Glass 3 can withstand drops of a meter onto a hard floor up to 80% of the time, which is good news for the clumsy smartphone owners out there. The better news is that the new glass can handle a total belly-flop, landing face-down onto floors and still survive most of the time.
Take a look at the test video below. These researchers don't hold any punches!
The trick with Gorilla Glass's survival rate is by using an aluminosilicate glass, much like the transparent aluminum that was manufactured in "Star Trek IV" to transport whales into the future. You won't see this glass holding up a whale enclosure any time soon, but you can look forward to seeing the new Gorilla Glass 3 on your next smartphone.