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Corning, the company that makes Gorilla Glass, said it will probably take at least three years before companies start making flexible displays using its new Willow material The Willow glass should be used in some simple products this year, Clappin said. Examples may include a flexible barrier for solar panels or as a thin film behind some touch panels, he said.


Corning sent out samples of the flexible glass to makers of phones, tablets and TVs in June. Chief Financial Officer James Flaws said at the time the company hoped it would be available in consumer products this year.


Google has been working on eyeglass-embedded computers and plans to introduce them in 2014. Apple has a team of about 100 product designers working on a wristwatch-like device that may perform some of the tasks now handled by the iPhone and iPad, two people familiar with the company's plans said last month. Clappin declined to comment when asked whether Corning had any contact with Apple on this project.


Source: engadget/bloomberg



A press release went out yesterday saying Samsung Display has acquired a 7.4% stake in the organization in return for giving Corning full charge of the Samsung Corning Precision Materials partnership. Corning also stated the two companies have joined right into a "new lengthy-term Liquid crystal display glass supply agreement" which will last through 2023.


Corning's Gorilla Glass is an essential component of numerous mobile phones because it provides both lightweight and sturdiness that producers search for once they build flagship products.


CORNING, N.Y., October 22, 2013 - Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) announced today that it is entering into a series of strategic and financial agreements with Samsung Display Co., Ltd., intended to strengthen product and technology collaborations between the two companies. These agreements will allow Corning to extend its leadership in specialty glass and drive earnings growth. Corning expects the transactions to close in the first quarter of 2014.


The series of transactions, subject to closing conditions being met, will result in:


  • Corning obtaining full ownership of Samsung Corning Precision Materials Co., Ltd. (SCP), an unconsolidated equity venture with Samsung Display that manufactures LCD glass in Korea. Samsung Display currently owns 43% of SCP.

  • After redemption of their interest in SCP, Samsung Display's investment in new convertible preferred shares of Corning with an aggregate face amount of $1.9 billion.

  • Corning's acquisition of the other shareholders' minority interests in SCP for an expected proportional cash payment.

  • Samsung Display's additional $400 million investment in Corning by subscribing to new convertible preferred shares.

  • Using Corning's current share count, Samsung Display's combined investment in Corning would result in approximately 7.4% ownership on an as-converted basis.

 



Samsung introduced the Galaxy Gear smartwatch at IFA last year, and said it would release a second generation of the device along the Galaxy S5 this spring.


This year, Samsung has been rumored to be working on wearable glasses similar to Google Glass, supposedly under the Gear Glass name, and according to a report from The Korea Times, Samsung will unveil Gear Glass this year at IFA in September.


The new smart glass to be introduced by Samsung is a new concept of wearable device that can lead to an exciting culture of communication. The smart glass will present our aim to lead the new market with proven capability. Wearable devices can't generate profits immediately. Steady releases of devices are showing our firm commitment as a leader in new markets.


The report suggests that functionality will be similar to that of the Galaxy Gear, allowing smartphone users to view notifications, take phone calls, shoot pictures and control and listen to music, though hopefully, it will be compatible with more devices out of the box than Samsung's first smartwatch.


 


 

Corning, the company behind the popular Gorilla Glass on most of the phone screens, will be showcasing it's latest generation of Gorilla Glass, version 3.  According to Engadget, the glass is now three times more scratch resistant than the previous generation, and 40 percent fewer scratches will be visible to the human eye.


Corning plans to introduce two new products at CES 2013 next week, the new glass composition with durability enhancements, and Optical Cables by Corning, fiber-based, device-to-device connectivity solutions that significantly extend the data transmission range past the limits of copper-based cables.  See below for the Press Release.


Press Release:


CORNING, N.Y. , January 3, 2013 - Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) today announced its plans for the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week. The Corning booth, #14813 Central Hall, will highlight the company's newest specialty glass solutions and their benefits for today's consumer electronics device trends.

 

Corning plans to introduce two new products at CES 2013: Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3, a new glass composition with durability enhancements; and Optical Cables by Corning, fiber-based, device-to-device connectivity solutions that significantly extend the data transmission range past the limits of copper-based cables. Full product details will be included in announcements planned for Monday, Jan. 7.

 

"This year at CES, Corning will demonstrate its industry leadership in specialty glass and fiber optic technologies with the introduction of two products designed to enhance and extend the capabilities of consumers' favorite devices," said Wendell P. Weeks, chairman, chief executive officer, and president. "These new innovations build on the increasingly important and continually evolving role of highly engineered glass technologies in delivering improved product performance and functionality through touch capabilities, protective cover glass, and device connectivity."

 

In the Corning booth, experts will be on hand to discuss and present hourly demonstrations of the toughness of Gorilla Glass 3 as well as the connectivity and flexibility of Optical Cables by Corning. The booth will also showcase the benefits of Corning Gorilla Glass in larger format, multi-touch displays for education, entertainment and other applications.

 

Additionally, James P. Clappin, president, Corning Glass Technologies will be a panelist in the "Disruptive Technologies Impacting the Future of Games and Video" session at 11a.m. PST on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at LVCC, North Hall N255-257. He will discuss the important role of highly specialized glass in some of the latest consumer electronic technologies such as hi-res, 3D, HD video, Internet-connected TVs, conformable displays, tablets and viral apps.

 

Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements


This press release contains "forward-looking statements" (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995), which are based on current expectations and assumptions about Corning's financial results and business operations, that involve substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include: the effect of global political, economic and business conditions; conditions in the financial and credit markets; currency fluctuations; tax rates; product demand and industry capacity; competition; reliance on a concentrated customer base; manufacturing efficiencies; cost reductions; availability of critical components and materials; new product commercialization; pricing fluctuations and changes in the mix of sales between premium and non-premium products; new plant start-up or restructuring costs; possible disruption in commercial activities due to terrorist activity, armed conflict, political or financial instability, natural disasters, adverse weather conditions, or major health concerns; adequacy of insurance; equity company activities; acquisition and divestiture activities; the level of excess or obsolete inventory; the rate of technology change; the ability to enforce patents; product and components performance issues; retention of key personnel; stock price fluctuations; and adverse litigation or regulatory developments. These and other risk factors are detailed in Corning's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the day that they are made, and Corning undertakes no obligation to update them in light of new information or future events.

 

 

 





Google is inviting everyone who has a Google Plus or a Twitter account to try on their new Android eyewear. This is the first time that Google offered it to non-employees and who knows, one of you might be able to get one of the first Project Glasses before they actually reach store shelves.


All you need to do is to create a post with the following hashtag: #ifihadglass and say something about how you plan to use it in less than 50 words. Include your most creative photos and/or videos to beat out other Google+ or Twitter users.


The Project Glass is still on beta stage and offering it in a contest to the public might be a move to build up the interest or excitement for these futuristic glasses. If you want more info and news about its development and possible date of release, check out the Project Glass website.


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Google just released the companion Android app for Google Glass called MyGlass in Google Play. However, you will be wasting your time if you don't have a google Glass, see following statement from Google.


"If you don't have Glass, then downloading this will be a waste of time. Sorry about that. But if you swipe the screenshots to the right you'll see there's a picture of a puppy in pajamas. So not a total waste of time after all."


The app uses the familiar Card UI that has been finding its way to more and more Google apps, a likely sign of things to come in Android Key Lime Pie, but that's for another time. Aside from the app, Google has also launched an online setup page for Glass.


Google Play Store Link

 

 

 

 



According to The Financial Times, Google Glass will be initially made in the United States to ensure that they will be perfectly built. This is quite a feat as Google does not stand to earn as much out of selling such Google Glasses because of higher costs of manufacturing. A Foxconn plant in Santa Clara, California will do the production.


Some of the possible reasons for Google's move could be to prevent the Google Glass from being copied in its maiden production and to ensure that they will keep an eye on things to maintain perfection.


After the first batch of Santa Clara production, Google may actually decide to look to overseas production if it were found to be successful. However, this is still tentative as the Google Glass is expected to lure in a specific market and only a few will likely want to have the device, compared to smartphones, that is. If it becomes successful, then we just might see the device getting manufactured elsewhere outside the US. This will also mean that it will become more affordable. We're hoping.


Source: Financial Times



The Google Glass Explorer edition is said to be coming out before the month ends, according to ABC News. This will give people an opportunity to better decide whether or not they'll need the Google Glass and to try its features from stores and showrooms. However, for those who want to own this special piece of gadget, be prepared to pay $1500 to be one of the first people to own it. Eventually, if a bigger demand for the Google Glass emerges, then the price might possibly go down a little.


First Google Glass owners will surely not be disappointed; since Google has made sure that the initial shipment of glasses has been manufactured in the US. Furthermore, there is no information yet about who gets to have the glasses first-developers or non-developers. We can't wait to hear more of actual Google Glass reviews from developers and non-developers alike and here's to hoping that it will become available at a significantly lower price in the very near future.


Source: ABCNews




Google has recently released some info regarding the specifications of the much-awaited Google Glass. As published on its support webpage, this innovative hardware will have a "one size fits all" frame with adjustable nose pads. The nose pads come in two sizes for the wearer's comfort. Since the Glass is essentially like reading glasses, looking through the glass will be like looking at a 25-inch display that is situated around 8 feet away.


It will include a 5 megapixel camera that shoots pictures and videos in 720p resolution. Storage is directly synced with Google cloud and has a total of 16 GB of on board storage. It is Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-capable and can connect to any phone that has Bluetooth and the right requirements or profile for it to work (POSSIBLY even iPhone). Additional features such as GPS and messaging are present when connected to an Android phone with the use of the MyGlass app. The battery life of this gadget, according to the page, will be enough to last a day with normal usage.


The release of these specifications might be an indication that Google Glass is slowly inching its way to consumer availability. Google also announced that this new gadget will be shipping out to testers dubbed as "explorers" soon.


Google Glass FAQ




Google Glass has been finally distributed to the first users, known to the tech world as the "Explorers" and naturally, everyone raced to become the first to unbox and review the gadget.


The handsomely-priced device comes in a black Google Glass paper bag and a white box that very much looks like one that is used on the Nexus. Once you open the box, the Google Glass is neatly and safely cradled by indentations and included in the box are the device a 90-deg micro USB cable, pouch, nose pads, lenses and charger.


An interesting to note is how Google labeled the parts that also tell the user enough about the Google Glass for them to be able to turn it on, take photos, "Listen", "See", and "Touch". According to Dan McLaughlin, who owns one of the review videos, he thinks that the bone conduction system is much louder than the one he had tried on previously.


Some reviews showed the quality of videos that the Google Glass can record, while others have shown the content of the Google Glass box. Soon, Google will make the device available for the greater public and we're hoping for a first-person review of the Glass while it's on the wearer-if that's even possible.


Source: youtube



Google Glass has received its sofware update code-name XE7, features including a boost of web browsing abilities, touch sensitivity, and oodles of sharing, in my opinion most exciting in very basic way - is the ability to browse the web.


While last month and the XE6 update improved the camera, added HDR, and slightly touched on voice controls. Today's update is much bigger while also addressing a few key limitations the wearable initially had. That being easy calling and messaging, web browsing, and full Google contact list support. We already received it today. Excellent stuff Google!


With XE4 and 5 improving battery life, XE6 fixing the camera, and now XE7 working on web browsing and voice commands it's obvious that Google is hard at work with Glass. 



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