Corning Incorporated, the creators of the damage resistant "Gorilla Glass," have today announced a "strategic agreement" with Pixelligent Technologies - the world-leading supplier of compound materials.
Corning Incorporated is one of the world's biggest manufacturers of optical materials - providing high-refractive index glass which has enabled augmented and mixed reality headset manufacturers to deliver ever-greater AR image quality.
The partnership is said to centred around Pixelligent's optically transparent compounds and Corning's glass manufacturing technology. But what will each company be bringing to the table? And what do they hope to achieve?
Well, Pixelligent are providing their PixClear polymers. These materials harness zirconia and titania-based nanocrystals in order to increase the refractive index of the optics they produce. Their optically transparent polymers will be central to Corning's plans for Next Gen optics.
Meanwhile, Corning already have vast experience producing flat, high-index glass wafers for a number of leading AR device manufactures. Some big names have been banking on the Gorilla Glass maker, considering that tech giant Apple have invested upwards of $450 million into the company since 2017.
A statement from Corning claims the partnership aims to "help reduce product-development time and expand availability of AR devices."
I must say, a collaboration between Pixelligent's PixClear and Corning's Gorilla Glass would certainly be a sight to behold for all you fans of advanced manufacturing materials!
But what does this industry development mean for the future of VR? Well, rumours have been circulating for some time that Apple is looking make it's mark on the AR space, perhaps even looking to produce it's own AR headset. We may now know one of Apple VR's key manufacturing components.
It's not just Apple stepping up their game, too. Huawei today announced an upgraded VR Glass with 6DoF!