We're one step closer to our dream BlackBerry with curved display

The Anastasiadias Dream BlackBerry w/ Curved Display
By Kevin Michaluk on 5 Jun 2012 02:34 pm EDT

We've been dreaming about a BlackBerry with a curved display ever since it was mocked up by our friend John Anastasiadis as part of our DreamBerry contest.

Yesterday the dream became one step closer to reality with Corning's announcement of their new "Willow Glass" technology, which will enable smartphones, tablets and netbook manufacturers to build devices with curved displays. Willow Glass is thin, strong and flexible, to the point where it can literally be wrapped around a device or structure, and supports OLED and LCD technologies.

Amazing stuff that promises to keep consumer technology exciting for years to come. You can checkout the press release below for full details. Then close your eyes and imagine all the gadgets you own with curvy display goodness. I love curves. Don't you? :)

Press Release

Corning Launches Ultra-Slim Flexible Glass

Corning Willow Glass will help enable new, thinner applications and could revolutionize display manufacturing

Corning Flexible Glass

CORNING, N.Y., June 4, 2012 -- Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) announced the launch of Corning® WillowTM Glass, an ultra-slim flexible glass, which could revolutionize the shape and form of next-generation consumer electronic technologies. The company made the announcement today at the Society for Information Display's Display Week, an industry tradeshow in Boston.

Corning Willow Glass will help enable thin, light and cost-efficient applications including today's slim displays and the smart surfaces of the future. The thinness, strength, and flexibility of the glass has the potential to enable displays to be "wrapped" around a device or structure. As well, Corning Willow Glass can be processed at temperatures up to 500° C. High temperature processing capability is essential for today's high-end displays, and is a processing condition that cannot be supported with polymer films. Corning Willow Glass will enable the industry to pursue high-temperature, continuous "roll-to-roll" processes - similar to how newsprint is produced - that have been impossible until now.

It will support thinner backplanes and color filters for both organic light emitting diodes (OLED) and liquid crystal displays (LCD) in high-performance, portable devices such as smartphones, tablets, and notebook computers. This new, ultra-slim flexible glass will also help develop conformable (curved) displays for immersive viewing or mounting on non-flat surfaces.

Corning Willow Glass is formulated to perform exceptionally well for electronic components such as touch sensors, as well as leveraging glass's natural hermetic properties as a seal for OLED displays and other moisture and oxygen-sensitive technologies.

"Displays become more pervasive each day and manufacturers strive to make both portable devices and larger displays thinner. Corning Willow Glass provides the substrate performance to maintain device quality in a thin and light form factor," said Dr. Dipak Chowdhury, division vice president and Willow Glass program director. "Currently manufacturing in a sheet-to-sheet process, we expect Corning Willow Glass to eventually allow customers to switch to high-throughput, efficient roll-to-roll processing, a long-awaited industry milestone."

Like Corning's other leading-edge glass substrates, including EAGLE XG® Slim and Corning LotusTM Glass, Corning Willow Glass is produced using the company's proprietary fusion process. Advances in fusion forming have made it possible to produce glass that is 100 microns thick - about the thickness of a sheet of copy paper. Even at that thickness, it provides hermetic sealing to sensitive components, while also providing excellent optical, thermal, and surface properties.

Corning is currently shipping samples of its Willow Glass to customers developing new display and touch applications. The company is also collaborating with research institutions, customers, and equipment makers to develop an ecosystem of compatible process equipment, including optimized process design.

Although initially being launched as an advanced display substrate, Corning is actively working on other potential applications for its Willow Glass, including use in lighting and flexible solar cells.

"Corning will continue to develop and improve innovative glass products to enable the high-performance, game-changing displays that will drive tomorrow's increasingly diverse electronics markets," Chowdhury said.

For more information, please see www.corning.com/WILLOW.

Via: Android Central

Reader comments

We're one step closer to our dream BlackBerry with curved display


I know this looks really cool but is it really practical? What happens when you drop your phone and instead of it hitting the case on the side, it hits on a the screen on the side (or back).

I'm sure there would be no touch functionality on the curved part anyway...

But I guess something that is new and looks cool sells, regardless of its actual functionality (iPhone).

I agree, it does look really cool but it would be far too fragile... You would have to be extra, extra careful and we all know for most of us, the inevitable happens and we do drop our phones so something like that would be way too fragile for me...

T-Mobile Sidekick 3 > T-Mobile Sidekick (2008) > T-Mobile Sidlekick LX (2009) > Curve 8520 > Bold 9700 > Bold 9900

This will be too expensive to mass produce. Let's wait a few more years until we see production ready curved displays.

Yes, lets wait a few years for the price to go down and watch another platform to do it first... that worked well.


If possible now I want a dreamberry that can open up to a tablet. When I need that extra screen real estate.

It'll be funny if you soon see RIM coming out with a patent relating to this...Looking to the future they must be!

When is this expected to be available for devices in the market? It would be great is somehow, someway RIM was already working with Corning and it will be in the BB10 device(s). Wishful thinking, I'm sure, but I'm hoping the hardware will wow along with the software.

If rim could push out a phone that looked just like this then they would have a great chance of becoming 1st 0r second in no time.

Ya, I'd step up for one of these in a heart beat. Cutting edge design. Sexy look. BB10. Apple ? Who's Apple ? BB brings back 'cool', Daddy.

Why would anyone want a screen curved like that? I'm happy enough if it came to the edge of the device. I don't want to turn it over to see the rest of the screen....

curved displays are cool but wrap arounds dont seem practical enough for me in everyday life on a smartphone. its about as practical as the iphone with 2 glass panels.

What's so great about this phone? Sure it looks good, but how are you going to use it? Are you going to have your content scroll over the edges, in which case wouldn't swiping be easier than rotating the whole device? Are you going to have more content there, in which case, once again, surely there's a better way than turning the device? Now if they could get this set up so that the screen "folded" more than it "curved", so that you could unfold it and have a screen 4x the size if needed, that would be awesome, but otherwise I see no practical use that would make up for the fact that it's an almost guarantee that if you drop this phone, it's dead...

I had the same thought that it should open up to become the Little Black Book. Too obvious? As for that curved edge, we'll it could do just what the picture shows, displaying info. What would be really cool would be to allow the users to choose what they wanted there and how it is displayed. So for instance I could have it pulsing with different colors or even one color. It could display my favorite stocks in a ticker format. Even with that you could go from the top and have the ticker tape disappear in the bottom. I could have different pictures pop up there such as on my computer screensaver. It could display sports scores. Calendar reminders could flash there. I am sure there are more things people could put there. I for one think that is the next wave of gear, a combination phone and tablet that can be used fully and at the same time. A phone that can video chat with every brand of phone. The company that makes their phone user friendly and compatible with most other phones will dominate the market. I could be wrong

I wonder what HTC uses for the 1X? It has a slightly curved (concave, I think?) screen to avoid problems with reflections.

I really wish the users could help build a BB 10 phone. We have some of the most insightful ideas. I love the TK VICTORY although it looked funny without the call, menu, trackpad buttons, but I'm sure I'd get used to it. It was also too thin in my opinion. Basically I would like to see a 99xx but 21mm taller and 5mm wider, slim down the call-menu-track pad buttons down 3mm to provide not only a larger screen but a more powerful processor and an exceptional battery life, oh and let's not forget the auto focus camera. Since I'm at it why not have a second led light, second convenience key and second speaker. That completes my BB 10 dream phone.

No Bold it can merely be touch sensitive.
Would it be a stretch to have your volume up/down and camera short cut there, glowing to the touch?
The back? A second screen doubling as a track pad (Bridge remote style) depending on how the device senses which side is facing you. In other words both screens are interchangeable in use.
There is so much you could do creatively with this.
The biggest drawback would be power consumption.

I'd bet that HP will release this design first :) Anyways, doesn't that mockup look like it has a WebOS dialer and message app?

Ever since I set my eyes on this design I've hoped that RIM would adopt it, I really think the design and evrything about it would be awesome and really make people think about what RIM can offer and how they are willing to push the boat out and #BeBolder

I hope RIM one day takes advantage of this and brings a curved BlackBerry to the market before any other competitor. A man can hope :)

This is awesome! From a BB fan in Lower Alabama. Since we are on our dream BB, RIM can you make sure that the calendar on the BB 10 syncs with the calendar on the PB? Also it would be helpful to be able to email my calendar to my Secretary. Patiently waiting in LA

While I like the looks of the curved sides, I'm not sure of the practicality of a wrap-around screen. And for those who think this is a prototype I'm thinking you don't know much about Photoshop and graphic designing, it's just a picture, a mockup of what a smartphone might look like, it's not a prototype.

The idea isn't to flip your phone all day, it's to produce a phone in a non-linear fashion/shape. We have seen a BB design before in a slider format that looked really cool, with the keyboard sliding out from below.

I luv it... But the concept should be forward looking where this curved phone can double as your playbook (min)... where the back screen stays dormant until you open it up and you have a mini playbook in the palm of your hand... video/skype calls. larger screen for watching videos on the go, presentations, etc... fold it back up, and put it in your pocket... oh the possibilities...

One step closer...its 2012.

RIP RIM....you have to actually have something not some new tech in production but a phone that I can hold and say...WOW