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Gorilla Glass 2 Debuting at CES 2012

Maker of scratch and damage resistant glass, Corning, are set to show off the next generation of its Gorilla Glass at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012.

Gorilla Glass 2.0 is set to have a focus on larger scale, allowing for its use on TV sets, home appliances and touch screen car interiors. The current generation of the glass is used on a wide variety of mobile handsets to protect them from damage if dropped or scratched. It is expected to be continued in newer smartphones, though making it thinner while retaining strength was a challenge for Corning.

"Handset and tablet device manufacturers are clearly driving toward higher functionality from thinner designs. Corning's latest innovation in Gorilla Glass technology is very well positioned to meet these challenges and enable broader touch technology penetration," stated senior vice president James Steiner.

Tech 2 has it that one of the products on display will be thin, but huge: an 82 inch multi-touch LCD display using Gorilla Glass 2.0 to protect it. It's also thought we might get a look at some speakers using the glass as well, though how that will affect acousitcs remains to be seen.

Where was this stuff a few years ago when the Wii was released? How many TV sets ended up with a Wiimote buried in it due to not wearing those dumb wrist straps? Well, not mine, but it does have a few scuff marks where a swipe during Wii Sports tennis might have gotten a little too close for comfort.