The technology and architectures related to glass can be traced back as long as 3000 years. However, in the near future how we interact with computers in our commercial and residential buildings depends on that technology developed thousands of years ago. Even now the technologies that we use in our homes, tv, car, and home are developed from the same branch of glass technology. Nowadays our lives are ruled by the internet. Everything from luxury to daily life commodities is available on the internet. The internet is also reached to different places by wires which are made of glass technology bringing it in nearly light speed.
Various glass consultant believe that the age of glasses is just starting and the future holds very promising aspects for the glass industry.
There’s a museum in Corning, NY called the Corning Museum of glass which not only highlights beautiful artworks made of glass but also glass technologies. The museum was started by Corning. You may know from cookware which was built years ago, CorningWare and Pyrex. But Corning has been at the center of many important products. Made a glass of Thomas Edison lamps. He made glass of cathode ray tubes on TVs and mirror glass for the Hubble Telescope. And, more recently, Corning’s glass makes the iPhone touch screen possible.
Over the past few years, Corning has been trying to push a new perspective. That glass is not just an important object, it is a defining feature of our time. Corning calls it the Glass Age.
And what’s next for this glass age? Touch screen technology everywhere: your walls, your car, the mirror in the dressing room at the mall. Windows can be configured to import exactly the amount of light you want. And additional fiber optic cables are made of very thin strands of glass.
Glass technologies in the future can also change the way information reaches our eyes. Chris Pickett, the CEO of a Silicon Valley-based technological company named Digilens wants to do just that. He wants to make the displays similar to a computer screen, but visually, as in a sci-fi movie. DigiLens already has indicators on the jets. It works on a new type of header that shows cars that can turn the driver’s front window into a screen. “It is going to fundamentally change the way everyone sees and interacts with data and images,” he says “and that is going to be huge.”
Overall, the only rival that the glass industry may face is the plastic industry. Plastics are also enduring materials and unlike glass, they fold and bend. But the display of plastics is not as clear as glass and also can be scratched. However, glass has been around for a much longer time than plastics. The technology has been developed and the craft has been perfected over the years. Most glass enthusiasts and glass consultants and architectural glass companies in Europe are putting their bets on glass over plastics for glass in the future.