FORTUNE -- Early Thursday morning, AppleInsider's Mikey Campbell came across a patent filed by Apple (AAPL) in August 2011 that sounds a lot like the touchscreen iWatch Apple is rumored to be building using Corning's (GLW) flexible Willow glass. It also looks a lot like the slap bracelets my kids used to wear when they were in grade school.
If you use a touchscreen phone or tablet computer, there's a good chance the surface you're furiously poking and prodding is a product called Gorilla Glass. A predecessor to the glass was made by Corning in the 1960s, nearly 50 years before the company resuscitated and tweaked the technology for "damage resistant" displays for consumer electronics. Here's a look at the science behind the glass.Oct 6, 2010 3:00 AM ET
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