These are very interesting times for Corning (NYSE:GLW) and other suppliers of glass for smartphones and tablets.

While Corning has been the dominant player in recent years with its amazing Gorilla Glass technology keeping scratches and broken screens to a minimum, sapphire glass from GT Advanced Technologies (NASDAQ: GTAT) could emerge as a serious threat. GTAT's deal with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has thus far seen the more-expensive sapphire screens covering only the iPhone's camera and Touch ID fingerprint sensor, but recent developments indicate the possibility of having the entire front glass of future iPhone models made of sapphire.

But Corning has been a great innovator, improving Gorilla Glass constantly over the years. Earlier this year, the company announced three improvements at the International CES in Las Vegas: 1) stronger and thinner Gorilla Glass, 2) NBT technology for touch-enabled notebooks, and 3) anti-microbial glass that could be huge as touch-enabled devices proliferate.

Our roving reporter Rex Moore attended CES, and in this first of three videos receives a toughness demonstration from Corning's Craig Wurzel.

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