updated 01:19 pm EST, Mon January 6, 2014
Should be integrated into future phones, tablets
On top of an earlier unveiling of curved glass, Corning has announced plans to produce an antimicrobial variant of Gorilla Glass. The material is manufactured using an antibacterial agent, ionic silver, in quantities large enough to sustain microbe-killing throughout its lifespan. The technology has been registered with the Environmental Protection Agency and is "being tested with numerous manufacturers for various applications," according to Corning.
The company promises that apart from bacteria, the new glass should inhibit growth of algae, mold, mildew, and fungi. The company also says it's ready for mass production, which should mean it will be in use by a number of products this year.
The glass is being aimed primarily at phones and tablets, which people now touch on a regular basis thanks to the widespread adoption of touchscreen interfaces. One early application however is the Steelcase RoomWizard, a web-based room scheduling system being demonstrated this week at CES.