MIT Scientists Create Glare- and Reflection-Free Glass
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently published a paper highlighting a new method for creating glass that eliminates glare, reflections, and is water repellant / superhydrophobic. The effect is created through the way in which the surface of the glass panel is formed. This is achieved by creating thin layers of materials, including a photoresistant layer, and then etching them away, giving the surface a pattern of nanoscale cones with a height-to-base ratio of 5:1. The glass allows 100% of the light hitting it to pass through, which would boost the efficiency of other technologies such as LCDs housed against the glass. The researchers believe the material could have myriad uses, such as in swimming goggles, car windshields, camera lenses, TVs, and of course smartphone and tablet displays. The researchers believe the glass can be mass produced at a reasonable cost, but this new glass is not yet a hardened material, such as Corning's Gorilla Glass. It would need to be strengthened before it could be used in devices where durability is a concern.
Corning Gorilla Glass SR+ Targets Wearables
Corning this week announced Gorilla Glass SR+, a scratch resistant glass intended for smartwatches and other wearables. Corning says Gorilla Glass SR+ is strong and provides the same optical clarity and touch sensitivity of its normal glass while also boosting resistance to impact damage by 70%.
LG Innotek Devises Under-the-Glass Fingerprint Sensor
LG Innotek revealed a new fingerprint sensor that works through glass, allowing LG and other smartphone makers to create devices free from buttons. LG Innotek was able to do this by carving a small furrow out of the back side of the glass.
Qualcomm's New Fingerprint Sensors Work Under Water and Through Metal
Qualcomm today announced its next-generation fingerprint sensors for displays, metal, and glass. Qualcomm says it created the new sensors for today's demanding mobile designs, which are moving towards bezel-less, glass-and-metal hardware.
Butterfly Wings May Help Reduce Reflections In Glass
Scientists suggest the naturally-occurring coating found on the wings of the glasswing butterfly could eventually lead to practical applications such as glare-free smartphone displays. Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology found that irregular nanostructures on the butterfly's wings cause them to reflect very little light.
Hmm... the potential