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Flexible displays are still three years away, according to Corning

According to Corning president James Clappin, products utilizing flexible displays are likely still three years out. Will Samsung's OLED technology beat them to the punch?
March 1, 2013

If you were looking forward to some futuristic bendy computer built from one of those flexible displays, that we’ve been hearing about on and off for the past year, then you will be waiting a little longer I’m afraid. Sadly Corning has said that it still thinks the technology is years away from being released, at least in the form of bendable displays.

Corning is probably most famous for its Gorilla Glass technology; which stops your touch screen from chipping if you drop it, or scratching it against the change in your pocket. It most recently announced its new Willow Glass technology, an ultra thin and flexible type of glass, which we were hoping to see in some products in the near future.

In an interview with Bloomberg, James Clappin, president of Corning, said that products utilizing flexible displays are likely still three years out. On the plus side he did confirm that the company was working with a “very big name” to show them how to make the most use of Willow Glass technology.

In the interview he also restated that products using Willow Glass would be heading to the market this year, but that they would be in the form of easier to implement products like solar panels or films used behind touch panels.

Of course this doesn’t mean that we won’t see one of Samsung’s OLED flexible displays or something from one of Corning’s other competitors sooner. I’m certainly intrigued to see what a flexible smartphone will look like, how about you?