The drive from New York City up I-95 North was as we remembered. In our former lives as college students, this was a well-beaten path for my wife and I, both having attended universities in New England. This time, we weren’t on our way back to school. Instead, we were on our way to Boston for a conference my wife was to attend called WITS (Women in Travel Summit), where she hoped to meet other people in her field and also, not unlike a student, maybe come out having learned something new.
At the end of her first day, while we were having dinner, Brenda mentioned that one of the more stimulating presentations she attended took place during lunch. It was hosted by Lisa Noni, Senior Development Scientist at Corning Incorporated. The very mention of the company evoked wonderful memories of my mother’s kitchen and I started going down memory lane. Before I got ahead of myself, Brenda stopped me at my tracks and explained to me that the company has stood the test of time and that they are much more than just what I remember them to be. She continued to explain to me that Corning continues to survive the test of time because they are always at the forefront of material science (specifically glass). Moreover, how it’s applied to our daily lives as bloggers.
As travel bloggers, we are in the business of capturing moments and sharing them, and our devices as the vehicle to do so. In short, our livelihood is our device. Brenda shared with me the importance of making sure that as we grow our business, it is imperative that we look to purchase devices in which we can have a high level of trust. Moreover, how those devices should have the toughest cover glass to date called Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4
“Gorilla Glass 4?,” I asked
Brenda continued to tell me that in the presentation, she found out that most device breakages were caused by drops on rough surfaces such as asphalt concrete and that sharp contact accounted for more than 70 percent of field failures. This, of course, brought to mind the many cobbled streets and rock beaches on which our devices have landed. Due to this, Corning set out to make a superior glass ,Gorilla Glass 4 which dramatically improves protection against drops. This gives frequent travelers, like us, worry a lot less about our devices while on the road.
According to the presentation, in laboratory tests Gorilla Glass 4 survives up to 80% of the time when dropped from 3 feet high, and was up to 2x tougher than competitive glass design. With an 11-year-old daughter, that has an affinity for liberally using our devices to take a quick photo of her own, this fact is of utter importance.
She went on to tell me that in a room filled with women always on the go, the subject of how often their devices get scratched up by keys and whatever else they have in their purses and travel bags, was a bone of contention. Sharp contact not only causes breakage, but also produces scratches that lead to ugly glares, illegible emails, and terrible viewing and filming of what could have been wonderful photos and videos.
So to simulate how Gorilla Glass 4 would perform in a backpack, Corning took identical handsets and affixed a different square of glass to each. One got Gorilla Glass and one got soda lime glass (the glass commonly used in windows and used in more than 40% of all smartphones). The handsets were then placed into a tumbler along with items such as a wallet, keys, brush, guidebook, sunglasses, phone charger and a voltage adapter and simulated the bumps and bruises of everyday life. Guess who came out the winner?
So this news of Gorilla Glass’ ability to help alleviate this problem was well received by all in the room and led the women using devices that already have Gorilla Glass, show off a bit.
On our way home on I-95 South, Brenda felt like a student that came out knowing a lot more than when she went in. The most fruitful being the knowledge of how Gorilla Glass 4 dramatically improves protection against drops and helps better our everyday life as traveler bloggers and as parents.
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