Glare-Free “Invisible” Glass Could Soon Make Its Way Onto Your Smartphone and Gadgets


If there’s one thing that I hate it’s Snooki and screen glare. Okay, that was two things — but it needed to be said. When it comes to screen glare, there’s nothing that frosts my weenie more. Doesn’t matter if it’s on my phone or laptop, screen glare has the ability to make my digital life increasingly difficult. Thankfully, Nippon Electric Glass Co Ltd is here to save the day and what they’ve come up with is a glare-free glass that is almost completely invisible to the naked eye. You can see in the included images exactly what I’m talking about.

The technology behind the glass is a little difficult for me to understand. Something about an anti-reflection film on each of the front and back sides of the “glass substrate” that allows for 99.5% of light to pass thought it where as normal glass only allows for 92%, reflecting a good 8% back at the viewer. What I know is this: I fully expect Google to deliver this in the Nexus Four. Nuff said.

[Via TechOn]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Snooki wants smoosh smoosh… Me want’s to be able to freakin look at my phone during the day without draining the battery because the contrast is on 200000%

  2. US tech 1 step, Japanese already on their 51 steps.

  3. This would be nice wonder how scratch resistant it is

    1. This. I would feel much better about it if it was part of the glass itself rather then a film.

      1. the film is on the back side of the screen so it wont get scratched film transparency has a lot to do with how it reflects the visible light spectrum and it doesn’t matter what side of the glass its on

      2. well it says that the film is on the “glass substrate” whatever that means. One can assume that means there’s a layer under the top…. maybe. Either way, it’s a chemical film. It shouldn’t be a problem.

  4. Cool

  5. Will this be as indestructible as Gorilla Glass? I’ve gotten used to not being worried about scratching my phone…

    1. I fell into that trap, and I have a scratched Samsung Galaxy S II with Gorilla Glass thanks to complacency. Gorilla Glass may be tough, but it is not indestructible and you should still be aware of the possibility.

      1. Yeah, I have little scratches on mine too… it def isnt perfect, but at least it doesn’t shatter easy.

        1. Actually it does crack easier than you think. I dropped mine from waist high, with a case and cracked the screen on my Galaxy S. I also have two co-workers that cracked theirs from dropping it. Luckily the insurance paid for mine but my co-workers weren’t as lucky since they didn’t bother paying the extra for ins. As for scratches it’s a great product, but it does crack relatively easy.

  6. 1. look up company
    2. buy stocks
    3. ???????
    4. PROFIT

    1. 705.00 a share……..

      1. likely to reach $850 a share though.

  7. First thought that comes to mind is…. invisible glass + gorilla glass = kabillion dollar product. Better start buying stock now

    1. Exact same thought I had. Best. Product. Ever.

  8. LMAO Snooki. :P

  9. Um, we’ve had glass like that for quite some time in the museum industry.

    1. An industry where the glass is hopefully not touched at all, versus one that’s touched thousands of times daily and needs to be thin and light?

      1. A) People do want to touch certain paintings which is why the glass is there in the first place. And yes, it is very hard to spot where people have touched it.

        B) Where do you see anything up above or in the original article about this being a special glass for touching versus not touching or that it is thin and light?

    2. I thought the same thing. I had a couple of pieces framed with museum anti-reflective glass and it really does work. You can’t tell it’s got glass unless you really pay attention.

      This isn’t the breakthrough phone glass, either. The outside issue is caused more by the LCD panel than the front glass. Just look at your average e-ink e-book reader. It’s got plain old front glass and doesn’t have a ton of issues with glare.

  10. Yeah Samsung will put it in and it’ll scratch like a sob.

  11. “nothing frosts my weenie more” – really, Chris?

    1. Nothing, Jarrad. Nothing. O_O

      1. Except maybe Jack Frost himself.

  12. Chris hopefully i can clear up your confusion :)

    to break it down to the most simple form of physics, you must conserve energy, and light is energy, so if you have 10 units of light and only 9 units are able to completely pass through the glass that means that 1 unit must be reflected back (glare) so in order to make less reflective glass we must allow for more units of light to pass through the glass, the more light that is allowed to pass through the glass the less will be reflected back as glare :)

    hope this helped haha, i just spend the last 2 weeks in quantum mechanics and relativity talking about situations like this!

    1. You’ve explained reflectivity, not the process by which the glass is being made less reflective.

      1. correct, i explained how it was possible. to actually make the glass you have to create a film, ideally to create a “non-reflective” glass you need to create a film thats thickness is extremely close to the wavelength of the visible light spectrum so there is no interference as the light passes through the median. of course this is hard because from red to violet we have a RANGE of wavelength, but if we find a nice medium somewhere in between, it should be barely reflective.

  13. Damn right with the Snooki comment.

  14. So how well does it perform when it is covered in fingerprints? I suspect they will reduce the light flowing through the glass to well below 99.5% or 92% for that matter.

    Touch screens phones with a windscreen wiper, now that’s an invention!

  15. I’m sooo confused. Wasn’t this story posted here last week? I saw this same story posted on Engadget this morning and I was like, This is old news!

    Unless, I’m from the future and jump back a week into the past. In which case, the president needs to be warned! He’s in grave danger!!!

  16. I am sure crApple has a patent pending for that.

    1. apple has a patent for fucking breathing fool. fuck are you doing? no really stop. your gonna get sued.

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