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Wildly Effective: Gorilla Glass

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By Jody McCutcheon

We’re deep into flu season, which is probably a perfect time to discuss Corning’s  special new touchscreen glass for mobile devices. You know–you briefly lend  out your phone and unwittingly get it back covered in flu germs the borrower  breathed on the screen. Now you’re at risk. Indeed, with the recent proliferation  of both touchscreen-dominated technology and new strains of influenza and other  communicable diseases, every touchscreen-tech user is at risk. Good to know  someone’s thinking ahead of the curve.

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Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass will let you use your cellphone and tablet  without having to worry about acquiring any virulent surprises from the  touchscreen. It’s non-toxic, and the first EPA-registered cover glass able to  eliminate stain- and odour-causing algae, mould, mildew, fungi and bacteria that  naturally accumulates on touchscreens touched by unclean fingers. Consider the  somewhat disturbing fact, suggested in a recent report assessing behavioural trends  of Canadians and their mobile devices, that at least one in four Canucks takes theirs  with them to the washroom, and almost three in four of those aged 16-44. That’s a  lot of unclean touchscreens.unnamed-1The secret of Corning’s antimicrobial Gorilla Glass is literally in the thin (0.4-  2.0mm) alkali-aluminosilicate glass screen, in the form of silver ions. This ionic  silver component leaches touch surfaces of all bacteria, keeping it clean and  sanitized. While antibacterial wipes, foams and liquids provide  temporary sanitation, Gorilla Glass works non-stop for the duration of your device’s  lifetime, with all the durability, scratch resistance and optical clarity expected of  Corning.

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Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass can and should be used on all touchscreen and display  monitors, including personal computers and point-of-sale kiosks. Any frequently  touched architectural surface (door, window, cupboard handle, light switch, etc.)  will also benefit from Corning’s clever development, especially in healthcare,  hospitality and transportation settings. Who knows? Gorilla Glass could one day make flu shots–and the flu–obsolete.

Jody McCutcheon

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