Gorilla Glass was a superstrong glass developed by Corning Incorporated for smartphones and other products. It revolutionized glass.
Glass had been known to humanity since ancient times. The first glass-blowers came from Mesopotamia around 3500 BC. The word glass is a Latin word that dares to the late Roman Empire. Quartz sand was often mixed with a flux to create the glass. When the glass was finished, it made stuff like windows. In churches during the Middle Ages, stained glass windows were visible and still are. They were also used in tv and computer screens. The most common glass until the 21st century was soda-lime glass. The fluxes were sodium dioxide and lime. Soda-lime glass was very common in windows, screens, and glasses. However, soda-lime glass could shatter into pieces. There was the need for a solution. The solution was gorilla glass.
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In 1960, an early prototype to Gorilla Glass was made. It was called Chemcor Glass. Like Gorilla Glass, Chemcor Glass contained sand, aluminum, potassium, and sodium. It was used in race cars until the early 1990s. While working on the iPhone, Apple founder, Steve Jobs, had a problem. The plastic that was supposed to be used for the screen often got scratched. Looking for a solution, Steve Jobs contacted Corning where he learned about Chemcor Glass. This led Corning to develop a more advanced version called Gorilla Glass. This became commonplace in cell phones. More advanced versions came out in the second decade of the 21st century that were stronger, thinner, and more scratch-resistant. As time went on, Gorilla Glass became the most common glass in use. But the silicon in the glass was used for other purposes.