With the potential exception of Simpleton’s golden goose, the trendiest fairy tale home accessory ever has got to be the wicked queen’s magical mirror in Snow White.
The Grimm Brothers’ description of this mirror is positively medieval. But in the speech of Silicon Valley, that magic-mirror gadget has been a augmented-reality display with face recognition and a voice-controlled artificial intelligence virtual helper that has been capable of querying remote databases of females ranked by fairness.
Don’t look now, but magical mirrors are not only for wicked queens.
Magic mirrors and magical windows — actually, magical glass surfaces all around the home — will become commonplace, as a result of breathtaking advancements in computers, computer interfaces and, of everything, glass.
It is all about the glass. The top U.S. innovator in glass to consumer electronics, Corning, has developed a technology which enables it to fabricate elastic glass as though it were printing background. The elastic glass is going to be used as a computerized touch coating, theoretically turning any surface — from fridge doors to countertops to entire walls — to smart-touch displays that function like iPad devices. This glass is going to have the moisture permeability, temperature tolerances and clarity of glass but the flexibility and reduced cost of vinyl.
Corning can be developing glass which kills bacteria and viruses on contact, and all different sorts of smart glass technologies. It generated a
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