Electronics are the way of the future and as we attempt to incorporate technology in our everyday lives we need to find better ways to make it both cheaper and more efficient. Since this is the goal of any piece of technology that comes out, any new evolution in current technology can have an immediate impact on its availability and adaptability into the world market. For instance, the use of glass screens have be present in electronics for a long time now, but they can sometimes be bulky and because of their size and thickness can make the electronics themselves quite expensive. This is why this new invention that employs thin flexible sheets of glass could revolutionize the industry.
The invention of thin flexible glass may not seem like such a big deal at first, but let’s look at some changes that it could possibly provide in your everyday life. For starters having the use of flexible glass electronics over a large area could provide a great reduction in the weight of everyday devices such as e-readers and cell phones. This will provide the crystal clear performance of glass while also providing the malleability and flexibility of plastic. This could provide for added protection from broken screens due to drops and pressures and also provide for easier repair of the same electronic and may reach the point that clients can insert a whole new screen themselves after damage without going to a professional to do it.
Most people will point to the fact that we already have similar type materials in LCD displays and plasma displays, but these same displays are controlled by a thin film of silicon transistor arrays that are built into the ridge glass backplanes. These same electronics because of the heavy glass and silicon weigh a considerable amount and also cost more in terms of price and material being used at the time. Making a cheaper lightweight material with this new flexible glass can provide for lower income individuals to enjoy the same technologies that are around in mainstream technology today without breaking the bank.
Not only does this flexible glass structure allow for greater adaptability, lower cost and lower weight of electronics for the consumer, but it also has the ability to push for better and better displays on those same electronics. Glass has the ability to allow for more and more pixels to be implemented into the surface and as a result could provide a more vibrant and colorful display with increased clarity into today’s electronics. Not only is this important, but with the advent on more flexible plastic we may finally be able to reach the point that we can completely compress complex electronics so that they can take up less space and allow for greater portability and durability for people everywhere.