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.