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It's all about the glass. The leading U.S. innovator in glass for consumer electronics, Corning, has developed a technology that enables it to manufacture flexible glass as if it were printing wallpaper. The flexible glass will be used as a computerized touch surface, theoretically turning any surface — from refrigerator doors to countertops to entire walls — into smart-touch displays that function like iPad devices. This glass will have the moisture permeability, temperature tolerances and clarity of glass but the flexibility and low cost of plastic.#!">video about the future that showcases what will be possible when its current research comes to market.
Corning is also developing glass that kills bacteria and viruses on contact, and all different kinds of smart glass technologies. It created a
Magic mirror reflects current technology. Another mirror concept coming soon to homes can be found already in stores. A specially made full-length mirror superimposes clothing on your reflection, creating the illusion that you’re wearing the selected item of clothing. It’s an easy way to cycle through a large number of garments without wasting time trying them on.
One example is the EON Interactive Mirror, which has already been installed in mall clothing stores.The system uses Microsoft’s Kinect technology, which was created for gaming and repurposed for retail marketing. As you can see, the illusion is pretty good.
Such virtual dressing rooms will soon be available for the home. They’ll replace full-length mirrors in your bedroom, simply showing your reflection like any other mirror. But when you want to shop online, you’ll be able to use the mirror to see how you’ll look wearing the clothes before you buy them.