Published on: August 4, 2010Necessity may be the mother of invention, but sometimes invention gets ahead of itself. In those rare cases patience can reward an incredible idea.
Get ready to learn about Gorilla Glass because it is a product destined to be part of our lives for years to come. According to a recent Associated Press story carried in the Deseret News of Salt Lake City (and my brother-in-law Larry, who works for the company in question), Gorilla Glass is the future. Explained simply, it’s a super-thin sheet of glass (think paper width) that is incredibly damage resistant.
Gorilla Glass is so lightweight and strong that it is seen as the future of mobile devices, flat screen televisions and computer displays. In short, we are all going to be touching it soon if not already. The story noted that the product is expected to be worth billions in sales for Corning Glass, the company that developed it.
But here’s where the story gets great. Gorilla Glass was invented in 1962, before anyone had any idea how to use it. So Corning Glass had to sit on its great idea waiting for the moment that has finally arrived.
It’s an amazing story of innovation, invention and foresightedness, but it’s also a great tale in patience and not forcing a product into the market before it had any place to go. Granted, other companies might shudder at the thought of sitting on something so incredible and certainly Corning never would have waited had it found anyplace to sell Gorilla Glass.
Yet it is still a great tale and one that we’ll all be thinking of in years to come as we get additional touch screen technologies and notice that our devices got thinner and more resistant to damage.
Here’s to the virtue of patience!
- Michael Sansolo
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