@WearableDevices: Corning Launches Gorilla Glass SR+
The three most important factor we consider when it comes to buying a wearable device are:
A. Scratch resistance
B. Accuracy of the data tracked
C. Optical clarity
With its Gorilla Glass already protecting the screens of many major smartphones (Samsung featuring on its Galaxy Note 7), Corning has turned its sights to the wearables market. The culmination of research project- Project Phire dating back to early 2015 has finally come to fruition today, giving manufacturers the new Gorilla Glass SR+.
According to Corning, Gorilla Glass SR+ offers scratch resistance similar to more expensive materials like various crystals but with 70 percent better damage resistance against impacts and 25 percent better surface reflection than other luxury cover materials. Such step enhancements in optical efficiency allow longer battery life and improved outside readability.
While not specified, Corning is likely referring to sapphire, an incredibly hard and optically clear material commonly seen in high-end wristwatches. Corning stated that Gorilla Glass SR+ is now commercially available, with smartwatches and wearables featuring it expected to be launched sometime later this year.
Sapphire is remarkably hard, which makes it almost as scratch-resistant as diamond. Companies like Samsung and Apple are not using sapphire on a large scale and the reason being:
A. Lack of availability
B. Sapphire’s optical transmission is poor
Leveraging its strengths in glass science and fusion manufacturing, Corning leads the cover glass industry it created nearly 10 years ago. The Gorilla Glass SR+ is designed (with smartwatches in mind) to protect from the kinds of bumps, knocks and scrapes that smartwatches are likely to be exposed to, while keeping the display clear and responsive.
Apple Watch 2 and Motorola Moto 360 could be the first ever wearable to feature Gorilla Glass SR+. Apple watch currently uses Ion-X glass for the Sport model and sapphire glass for the stainless steel and Edition models. More action from the manufacturers of smartwatches and fitness trackers interested in incorporating the GG SR+ could be seen in the Berlin-based trade show- the IFA 2016 (officially begin on Sept. 4th, 2016).
According to Wizards Island research, more than the 250 million wearable electronic devices will be sold worldwide in 2016. Also it forecasts that more than 350 million smartphones will sell in mature market countries and in large urban areas of emerging market countries in 2016. The wearable devices have been categorized in the following types: Smartwatch, Head-mounted display, Body-worn camera, Bluetooth headset, Wristband, Smart garment, Chest strap, and Sports watch. The Global Wearable Medical Device Market is expected to reach USD 27.8 billion by 2022. Wearable device market is expected to grow solidly in the years ahead as more people embrace fitness trends, and technology incorporates new features.
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