It's the screen of every touchscreen phone, like the iPhone and Android phone, plus the iPad and iPod Touch. It's an amazing story. Corning invented this stuff in the '60s, but didn't know what to do with it. Then a few years ago, someone showed a piece of it to Steve Jobs. The guy dropped a piece of the glass into a bag full of keys and shook it hard; it came out without a scratch on it! Jobs immediately seized on the idea of using it for his iPhone. Today, Apple buys practically all the Gorilla Glass that Corning can make. Apple is the world's No. 1 consumer of it.
Pogue's post notes that Gorilla Glass covers the screens of 280 gadgets from 20 brands including Samsung, LG, Dell, Motorola, Acer and so on.
A quick search unveiled a story from October of this year where PhoneArena pointed out that the new thinner screen for the Palm Pre 2 is made from Gorilla Glass.
Anyway, that's an encouraging sign.
Check out Pogue's entire post to learn more about the material behind the glass (which was originally unveiled in 1962).
Note: Gorilla Glass has a booth at the 2011 CES show.
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