Men playing the Wii.
There may be a solution to protect your TV from a Wiimote. CC by Rich_Lem/Flickr

Video gamers know about Nintendo Wii accidents involving TV glass, and now there’s a company that thinks it has a solution. According to the AP, Corning Inc. has taken its 50-year-old Chemcor invention and made it marketable as Gorilla glass. Soon, Corning will use Gorilla glass in high-end TVs and touch-screen tablets.

Gorilla glass began to come on strong in 2008

It took Corning decades, but it appears that now it has found commercial application for Gorilla glass. Using the product for cell phone screens began a $170 million per year business, but that’s small compared to what Corning could make in the flat screen TV and touch screen device market. Frameless flat screens would look like artwork, rather than appliances. The strength of the product would protect against such things as Wii accidents, yet the products would still appear elegant.

Triple strength, half thickness

AP reports that Gorilla glass beats ordinary LCD display glass hands down. It’s three times as strong and much thinner. Using Gorilla glass, the glass on a flat screen can be thinner than a dime, which greatly decreases shipping costs. Thus, Corning hopes to get its Asian manufacturers to get Gorilla glass into the TV market by early next year. Share prices of Corning are already up, which is a good sign. The company made $ 5.4 billion on TV glass in 2009, and the demand should cause Gorilla glass sales to increase that number tremendously. Adding Gorilla glass to TVs is predicted to add only $30 to $60 per unit.

Wait, there’s more

Corning has its eye on numerous Gorilla glass uses. For instance, refrigerator doors, car sunroofs and stationary touch-screen interfaces are all options. But for now, Corning appears content go ape and make billions more on flat screen TV glass.

Citations

Associated Press: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/08/01/ap/tech/main6734387.shtml

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