Weeks cited the overwhelming response that Corning received to its video, A Day Made of Glass, which has been viewed by more than 25 million people.
“Even more remarkable was the number of people from all kinds of industries who contacted us about helping make those technologies a reality – or using glass to solve problems that we hadn’t even conceived of,” said Weeks.
And in the five years since the video’s release, Corning and other innovators have made tremendous progress bringing that world to life. People had a chance to experience several next-generation glass-enabled technologies at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, including infotainment walls that dissolve the boundaries between the real and virtual, interactive retail windows that bridge the gap between physical and digital shopping, smart hubs that connect you inside and outside your home, and connected cars that enhance the driving and riding experience.
No question, we are living in the Glass Age. So what’s ahead? You can count on Corning and other innovators from fields as diverse as consumer electronics, healthcare, automotive, energy, architecture, and more to continue leveraging the functional capabilities of glass to unleash new products that improve our lives. But we won’t realize the true potential of the Glass Age through a technology movement alone.
Weeks invited the audience of 700 glass artists and craftspeople to help address the next great challenge of the Glass Age: “How can we take this technological moment that’s applying the functional capabilities of glass to solve problems, and create a human moment that helps make the world a more stirring place?” said Weeks. In other words, how can we create the same feeling that great glass art gives us?
The ultimate promise of The Glass Age? Products that not only bring exciting new functionality to life but also stir in us a sense of wonder, beauty, and connectedness.
Corning is excited to be on this journey, and we hope you’ll join us.