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Is 2016 the Year Glass Finally Catches up With the 21st Century?March 9, 2016

Is 2016 the Year Glass Finally Catches up With the 21st Century?

And What Does it Mean for  a Smart Home Installation?

Ah, glass. Our old friend. You hold our drinks, shield us from the wind and give our smartphones something to streak up with fingerprints. But let’s face it, glass, you really haven’t changed much in 400 years. But 2016 may be a big year for the next evolution in glass technology – that is, if the glass experts at Corning and Schott have their way. The companies have respectively produced some of the most innovative concepts in glass we’ve ever seen, and their work could be revolutionizing your Delray Beach smart home installation sooner than you’d think. Click below to learn more.

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This month, Schott unveiled an incredibly thin piece of glass. Just 70 microns thick; the new glass is incredibly flexible, durable and may just represent a big jump in smart devices. According to CNET:

“[This] is a piece of glass just 70 microns thin, one that can bend tens of thousands of times without breaking. It ships to factories in rolls, each one consisting of a single piece of glass that’s a quarter of a mile long. To get such thin, strong glass — as thin as 25 microns, thinner than a human hair — the company sucks molten glass directly out of a giant vat and into a set of rollers while it’s still cooling.”

The result is a piece of glass that rolls up like saran wrap, and can conform to just about any size or shape.

But Schott doesn’t have the only big-glass game in town. Corning is taking their glass even further, turning it into a fully interactive surface for your digital displays. They claim to have a functioning version of their ultra-durable glass ready to turn every surface in your home into a touch-screen video display – they’re only looking for a software developer to partner with.

And that’s not all Corning has up its sleeve. The manufacturer of “Gorilla Glass” – which was probably used to make your smartphone display – has also developed a germ-fighting glass making its way to an ATM near you. The antimicrobial Gorilla Glass is designed to keep public touchscreens germ-free, and Corning is hoping that the product will make its way to consumer grade devices before the end of the year.

What does this mean for your smart home? Pretty soon, we may be able to completely ditch PCs and control devices entirely. When your home is a controller, convenience is literally at your fingertips.

Will Corning and Schott’s glass be the wave of the future? We’ll keep an eye out for you. In the meantime, if you have any questions contact us today.