Corning Inc. has several developing technologies on display at the 2017 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this weekend, hinting at a possible future with advanced-glass integrated gadgets, surfaces and vehicles.
“We have an opportunity this year to share our evolving Glass Age vision, inspiring consumers, customers, and partners to engage with us and help build the ecosystems for innovative solutions enabled by precision glass that can redefine everyday activities,” senior vice president and chief strategy officer Dr. Jeffrey Evenson said in a statement.
Visitors have the chance to check out several interactive “hubs” and other stations integrated with advanced-glass technology, including the premiere of an advanced “glass-enabled” concept car.
The tech includes an “immersive fitness experience,” featuring a display mirror with an “augmented-reality layer and personalized feedback;” interactive surfaces such as a home collaboration hub to facilitate “seamless” communication and increase productivity between distant colleagues; and an office collaboration hub, a FaceTime or Skype 2.0-like demonstration that Corning said could take “telepresence to the next level.”
However, the most eye-catching hardware on display is the concept car.
Known as the Corning Inc. Connected Car, the car is a demonstration of how Corning Gorilla Glass could be applied in vehicle applications. The exotic, spaceship interior of the Connected Car is layered with interactive monitors and touch-screen glass surfaces.
Some of the car’s features include a “lightweight Gorilla Glass hybrid windshield” with “augmented reality capabilities” that Corning said provide real-time traffic updates and lighten the vehicle for better fuel economy. A “Gorilla Glass hybrid sunroof” and backlites also lighten the load.
Meanwhile, the Gorilla Glass dashboard and “floating” center console provide “fully integrated connectivity” for the driver and passengers, the company said.
The pearl white two-door coupe with black rims, aggressive styling and trim looks more like it was developed by Ferrari than with a manufacturer of scientific and industrial materials such as Corning Inc. The car comes as Corning hopes to capitalize on evolving trends in technology and fuel economy in the auto industry.
“By bringing Corning Gorilla Glass to the automotive industry, Corning is delivering lighter, tougher, and more optically advantaged solutions, enabling improved fuel efficiency, and a safer, more enhanced user experience for both drivers and passengers,” executive vice president and innovation officer Marty Curran said in a statement.
With the handful of tech displayed at CES 2017, the company said it foresees a future where advanced glass plays a large role throughout applications in architecture, automotive, fitness and more.
“Simply put, we believe glass components can be as vital to the next 50 years as silicon components have been to the last 50 years,” Evenson said.
CES 2017 began Thursday and will wrap up Sunday.