Corning is a household name thanks to Gorilla Glass, the protective piece of glass atop most smartphones. The latest, Gorilla Glass 4, is on every top smartphone in the market right now. Corning is rumoured to be working on Gorilla Glass 5 (the often rumoured Project Phire) for release later in the year. Before that happens, though, it’s been making some “other” specialised protective glass pieces. Like that protective glass (literally since it seeks to keep germs at bay) that Chinese device maker ZTE partnered with them to produce.
Corning’s latest effort is the production of a protective glass that allows imprints. You know, like the way you can get the logo of your favourite football club imprinted at the back of your smartphone’s aluminium or plastic back cover. This has so far not been possible on all devices with glass backs like the Sony Xperia Z or Samsung’s latest Galaxy S devices.
Corning is calling it Vibrant Gorilla Glass due to the fact that high-quality photos can be imprinted on it.
The company believes that the new glass will allow its clients, which is basically every device maker on the planet, to be able to differentiate their products by customising them to suit their tastes as well as those of their customers. The first product to put Vibrant Gorilla Glass to use is set to be Acer’s new Chromebook [see video below].