By Sudeep Raj, Marketing
“It’s an unfortunate irony that the device we now rely on so heavily is also incredibly fragile.”
We coddle our smartphones constantly. We have to. They are so susceptible to the hazards of everyday life: the careless fumble where our phones land on hard pavement, the trip to the beach where sand makes its way into every nook and cranny, or the ever-present threat of water from pools, lakes, puddles, or – the most common of all water threats – the toilet. So we baby our devices, tucking them safely away from danger, encasing them in plastic bags, or purchasing protective cases to safeguard our smartphones from life’s dangers and our own missteps.
But these devices are also our companions. We take them everywhere and they are always by our side. How ironic is it that the one thing that accompanies us everywhere is really not designed to go everywhere?
Corning, the creator of Gorilla Glass, has just released the latest version of its phone screens. The Gorilla Glass 5 claims an 80% survival rate for phones dropped from 1.6 meters, a 0.6-meter improvement on the Gorilla Glass 4.
We will have to wait to see which major device makers decide to incorporate Gorilla Glass 5 into their latest smartphone models; it seems like an obvious choice. However, smartphone manufacturers are faced with a fundamental dilemma. Do we as consumers want the strongest most durable device? Or do we want the thinnest, lightest, sleekest device? The short answer is we want both.
Glass and ports – inherent weaknesses in smartphone designs that prevent us from treating our devices like a true extension of ourselves. Corning’s never-ending quest for strong, durable glass is moving in the right direction.
As for the ports, the entree for everything from sand, lint and static electricity, Keyssa has the solution: Kiss Connectors – tiny, low-cost, low-power, solid-state, embeddable electromagnetic connectors that securely move huge data files between devices by simply touching them – tucked under the surface of a device skin, immune to wear and tear, invisible and eliminating the need for a cable.
In time, our smartphones will be built to meet all of our needs: sleek design, powerful performance and steadfast durability so that we “can finally treat [our] smartphone[s] like [our] beat up old sneakers” (Gizmodo).