A day made of glass by Corning Inc.

Back in 2011 Corning, a manufacturer of high-end glass products, published a company vision about how modern interactive glass surfaces and information technology would shape our daily lifes. Stuffed with many fascinating ideas and also some questionable applications, the videos document a contemporary vision of our future set into nice pictures.

The first two videos below tell the story of a rather normal middle-class family set in approx 2020. The third video explains some of the designer’s ideas in depth. It’s great to see so many inspiring ideas in one place. The designers did not only think of where transparent glass surfaces would make sense but also how users would interact with them. After all, any display presented in the videos is still a flat rectangular surface. What’s disappointing to me as someone who used to work in 3D and free-viewpoint video is that there’s no mention about how perspectives are supposed to be corrected for different viewing positions or even multiple viewers. What’s also surprising is the complete absense of cameras that capture users or sense their location.

Watch: A Day Made of Glass

Watch: A Day Made of Glass 2: Same Day.

Watch: Unpacked. The Story Behind Corning’s Vision.

Pictures from the videos

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