Gorilla Glass maker moves to compete against sapphire
Corning is working on a version of its toughened glass, used in a large number of tablets and smartphones, that can compete with sapphire. The glass manufacturer's Project Phire, announced on Friday, aims to make a glass that can combine the same drop protection that Gorilla Glass is known for with sapphire-level resistance to scratches, a weakness of currently-produced Gorilla Glass.
Design icon involved with the technology since late 2012
Earlier today, Google and fashion designer Diane Von Furstenburg revealed the DVF Made for Glass collection, a set of eyewear designs for the Glass Explorer Program. Google claims that "these new designs build on the style choices we gave Explorers when we launched the Titanium Collection."
Korean media claims sapphire glass samples sent for testing, evaluation
Samsung and LG are reportedly considering the possibility of incorporating sapphire glass into their future products. Both companies have allegedly contacted sapphire glass producers for samples, which could potentially lead to each releasing smartphones and tablets protected by the material, something that Apple already uses to protect the camera lens and Touch ID sensor on the iPhone 5s, and could use on the next iteration of the iPhone.
Low construction cost of Glass units refuted by Google
Google Glass costs less than six percent of the current $1,500 purchase price to acquire the parts for construction, a teardown of the head-mounted device reports. An estimated bill of materials suggests Google pays just $79.78 for the materials of each Glass unit, suggesting Google could easily lower the price of the device before it has a wider public release.
Google Glass update bundles media together for simpler navigation
Google has revealed it will be updating Glass to Android KitKat later this week. While the update introduces a number of changes, including a more refined photographic experience, Google has decided to remove its video calling function from the wearable device, claiming that it has received poor user feedback over the function, and that less than ten percent use it in the first place.
Glass eyewear steps closer to optometrists offices
Google has reportedly reached out to a traditional eyewear company to collaborate on potential alternative designs for Google Glass, according to a Wall Street Journal report (sub. required). The companies are also said to be discussing ways to showcase the devices in optometrists offices, hinting at a distribution strategy as the hardware moves beyond the invite-only "Explorer Program."
Google will not disable Glass headset if resold
Google is now allowing owners of the Explorer Edition of Glass to sell their device to others without deactivating them. The change in policy comes at the same time as a software update for the wearable display, which includes changes to navigation for travel to home and work, as well as the ability to bring up the day's agenda.
Claimed eight to ten times scratch resistance of soda lime glass
Corning has introduced a new version of its tough Gorilla Glass designed for notebooks with touchscreen displays. Following on from its extensive use in smartphones and tablets, Gorilla Glass NBT is claimed by the company to provide enhanced scratch resistance, a better retained strength after a scratch occurs, and reduced scratch visibility compared to soda lime glass normally used in notebook screens.
Gorilla Glass could lower car weight, improve fuel economy
Gorilla Glass could be heading to vehicles in the future, according to a Corning executive. The glass, currently used in a vast number of smartphones and mobile devices, could be used with, or replace entirely, some sections of glass used in automobiles, though the company is also looking into other glass applications.
First registrations to get Glass by Google developer event
Google will be shipping Glass to developers "within the next month," according to comments made during the Google Ventures Glass Collective event. The Explorer Edition of Glass, meant for programmers and costing $1,500 per device, could reach customers before the company's developer event, Google I/O, on May 15th.
Google joins Apple in returning product manufacturing stateside
Google's high-profile augmented reality Glass eyewear is to be made in Santa Clara, reports the Financial Times. Google is said to be partnering with Chinese manufacturer Foxconn on the hardware, though Foxconn will be overseeing the operations in Santa Clara. Google is also keen to closely oversee the manufacture of the prototypes through to the production versions in order to maintain tight quality standards.
Google latest company linked to intelligent wrist-based devices
Google is exploring the possibility of building its own smartwatch, according to reports. The device is allegedly being created by the company's Android division, instead of the X Lab where Glass was created, and follows news of other companies creating their own smartwatch devices, such as Samsung and Apple.
Application uses Glass to superimpose controls over other devices
Google has applied for another patent relating to its head-mounted display project, Glass. Titled "Wearable Computer with Superimposed Controls and Instructions for External Device," the application details how the headwear would provide information and virtual controls for other electrical items, such as a refrigerator.
Plan would see Samsung shift glass manufacture from Korea
Samsung and Corning are planning to build a new glass plant together in China. Estimated to cost $600 million, the factory will focus on glass production for TFT-LCD displays, according to Reuters. Although still to be finalized later this year, the joint venture is expected to be constructed in China's Wuxi New District, an industrial zone 120 kilometers west of Shanghai that is popular with international manufacturers.
MIT research shows glass that bounces water off
MIT researchers have worked out a way to make glass without all the drawbacks in the medium. The 34 page research paper explains a method for making self-cleaning, hydrophobic and extremely clear glass.