By The Washington Times Reporter • August 24, 2018 12:18:29A glass coffee cup turns into an iPhone and a glass TV when it breaks.
The glass table and its contents, meanwhile, remain intact.
The idea of using the world’s most precious resource to power electronic devices is nothing new, but the prospect of using a rare glass element that has been around for thousands of years to power a smartphone or TV for the first time has generated an almost palpable buzz.
The technology, called quantum glass, has already been used in televisions and cellphones.
It is a technology that, as the tech industry evolves, will allow manufacturers to make phones that don’t rely on batteries or other expensive materials to power their devices, making them more flexible and more energy efficient.
Quantum glass is made from a rare mineral called feldspar, which is more valuable than most metals and can be used to make nearly anything.
It is used in the electronics industry for electronic devices such as displays, microphones, speakers, cameras, wireless telephones and other components that require high-power transmission and power to operate.
“You could make a phone that has this very low power consumption, and yet you can do everything with it,” said Dr. Thomas Voss, director of the Center for Applied Physics at Purdue University.
He said this type of energy efficiency would allow devices such, for example, as televisions to work for longer periods of time, but that this would require less power and be more energy intensive than using a battery.
“If you have a lot of electronics, then you have to use batteries,” he said.
“It is going to be a big deal to see the technology being used in consumer products.”
Dr. Voss has worked on this project for years and is one of the inventors of a glass iPhone prototype.
He said it is possible that a few of the first prototypes might show up in the next few years.
“The more glass we use, the more energy it can absorb, and the more it is capable of doing the things it does,” he explained.
“If it is a very high-end device, it might be a good idea to use it in the iPhone, to see how it behaves, how it works.”
The iPhone X has already surpassed the 10 million unit milestone and is set to have a larger display, thinner body and a faster processor.
Its design, though, is still largely based on the previous iPhone.
A new glass smartphone, dubbed the Samsung Galaxy S8, is expected to have the same specs, though it will also have a curved display and a bigger battery.
Dr. Vossel said the technology is also likely to be used in tablets, laptops and other devices that require power.
He noted that glass can also be used for screens in laptops, which are thinner and more flexible than their traditional screens.
Glass is not just a material used for phones, though.
It can also provide a high-resolution screen and a thin, high-performing screen for tablets.
That could help improve the efficiency of smartphones, he said, and help the batteries last longer.
But for those who like to use a high quality screen on their phone, Dr. Kavitha Rao, a professor of engineering at the University of Waterloo in Canada, is not convinced.
“I don’t see the use of this material in a phone or a TV for a long time,” she said.
The glass phone could be a hit with the young crowd.
Dr Rao, who is also a glass producer, said there is an immediate market for it and that companies like Samsung, Panasonic and others could produce a high volume of glass phones.
She said it could also help with energy efficiency because glass can be more easily recycled.
The tech industry is moving rapidly to make devices that use the most energy-efficient materials available, but for many in the industry, the technology still remains an unknown quantity.
The first glass smartphone was produced in 2013 and the latest is expected soon.
The company behind the new Samsung Galaxy line, Samsung Electronics, has partnered with the University for Advanced Study in Seoul to create a glass prototype, but its plans to roll out a commercial version are still in its infancy.
Dr Rao said she is not sure whether the company will bring the technology to market.