It may be too soon to know exactly how a post-quarantine world will rush to take the latest in high-performance displays from “possible” to “ubiquitous.” Certainly, global economics will play a key factor here.
What we do know is that consumers spending more time at home have been spending more money on their screens. As of June, notebook sales grew the most in a quarter that we’ve seen in several years. And in the U.S., after nationwide lock-down measures were implemented, TV unit sales rose more than 40-percent from the same time a year ago.
And it’s not just for entertainment.
Stay-at-home mandates have brought a sharp uptick in videoconferencing for work, distance learning, and social events. Work teams and wedding guests alike are connecting through tiled on-screen galleries, suddenly able to be anywhere.
Telemedicine, too, is getting its moment. Used by fewer than 20% of Americans before the COVID-19 crisis, video health checks rapidly became mainstream as a way to limit patient travel and help keep the virus from spreading.
The experiences aren’t all good. Fuzzy images and slow refresh rates can make those connections off-putting rather than unifying.
But when images make you feel like you’re actually there, they can provide a lifeline. You can be immersed in a museum exhibit, collaborating on a tough work problem, or having dinner with old friends – all through a glass screen – proving without a doubt that social distancing does not need to mean social isolation.
Corning has long been a lead player in making this happen. Based on its share of the display market, chances are good that the displays in living rooms, offices, and classrooms feature Corning products. With its iconic Corning® EAGLE XG® Glass, Corning helped make larger, thinner, higher-resolution LCD displays a reality everywhere. More than 25 billion square feet of EAGLE XG Glass has been sold to panel manufacturers since its debut in 2006.