Corning's Visualized Future: Great Technology, Too Much Glass [Video]

By Wesley Fenlon

Gorilla Glass is great in phones, but Corning goes overboard with its depiction of a glass-filled future.

Touchscreens in your car. Touchscreens on your wall. Redwood National Parks? Corning's Gorilla Glass has become a staple of the mobile industry thanks to its scratch-resistant properties (and excellent branding--it sounds really tough). Practically every smartphone and tablet on the market proclaims itself Gorilla Glass-protected, and now Corning has made one of those fashionable future concept videos to depict a future of glass here, there, and everywhere.

A few of the technologies demonstrated in Corning's "A Day Made of Glass 2" absolutely need to see widespread use in future construction. For example, electrochromic glass can darken to blot out the sun and save energy; thin photovoltaic glass can be used in space-efficient solar panels.

But so many of Corning's examples use massive sheets of glass to create multi-touch surfaces. By the time Corning's vision becomes practical, many of those systems could be run using projectors or motion trackers on inexpensive building materials that are easier to install and far less fragile than glass.

And glass in the forest? Seriously?