By Samantha Murphy
Gorilla Glass manufacturer Corning has unveiled a follow-up YouTube video to its wildly successful “A Day Made of Glass,” providing another look into what the future could be like with the growth of glass touchscreen interfaces, from innovative chalkboards and activity tables in classrooms to uses for it in hospitals.
Corning released two versions of “A Day Made of Glass 2″ — one with a narrator and another, abbreviated version without commentary — the video follows the life of young Amy and her family as they go through their day using various products made of glass. Amy does classwork on a glass tablet, controls the temperature of the car from the backseat and even attends a field trip at the Redwood Forrest with an interactive signage that brings learning to life. Her teacher also works with students on interactive touchscreen activity tables. Corning expects these activity tables to be rolled out in the near future.
Last year’s video, which followed the same family, brought in over 17 million hits on YouTube and left many in awe of Corning’s interpretation of what’s possible with photovoltaic glass, LCD TV glass, architectural display and surface glass, among others.
However, many left comments on YouTube asking which technology is actually possible with today’s resources and pricing. This time around, though, new technologies and applications are highlighted, such as glass tablets, multitouch-enabled desks, solar panels, augmented reality, electronic medical records and anti-microbial medical equipment.
Corning may be making headlines these days for its Gorilla Glass product — a super-strong, lightweight glass which can withstand drops and mistreatment — but it’s hardly a new company and no stranger to innovation. In fact, the 160-year-old business even worked with Thomas Edison to create inexpensive glass for his lightbulbs.
However, Corning noted at the press screening that there are several challenges the company is facing this year, largely due to lower LCD glass prices, higher corporate tax rates and declining equity earnings, which have combined to lower Corning’s profitability.
Although LCD glass sales are likely to be flat through 2014, the company said it will remain profitable and continue to generate large amounts of cash. Last week, Corning announced that it raked in record 2011 sales of $7.9 billion and plans to grow sales to $10 billion by 2014.
The company also recently announced that it is joining forces with Samsung Mobile to manufacture Lotus Glass for Galaxy-branded smartphones and Super OLED TVs. Corning’s ultra-slim, eco-friendly Lotus Glass is known for strong performance and withstanding higher-processing temperatures.
Although Corning’s first “A Day Made of Glass” video was unveiled a week ago this year, Corning’s vice chairman and CFO James Flaws told Mashable that he couldn’t comment on whether or not the clips will become an annual tradition.
“You can expect more from us though,” Flaws said.
Samantha Murphy is a Tech Reporter for Mashable, where she covers all things tech. She joined the Mashable team in 2011 and is based in New York.
As part of the Marketing Engineers team, Blue Laser Testing helped recently launch the new Beamz Music website. This website was created for the purpose of offering music, videos and games to users of the Beamz Laser Controller.
The Beamz Music site features content from major labels such as Sony, Paramount, Warner, and Disney. All music and video content offered on the site was specifically created for use with Beamz compliant laser devices.
Blue Laser Testing provided all the song descriptions, genres, and metatags along with various other content, and assisted in the site set up. BLT is currently performing ongoing maintenance and updates for the site.
By Swikriti Singh
Changes in the role of Quality, Technology and Methodology have set new trends in terms of Software Testing. In an interactive session with Joachim Herschmann, Product Director, Test Automation and Akshay Agarwal, Country General Manager, Micro Focus, the new trends were discussed and more light was thrown upon the subject matter.
What are these new trends in Testing and how effective is the impact created by them? Both Joachim and Akshay opined that it is needless to state that testing stands nowhere when compared with quality which is required in all the phases. The most important and effective trends in testing according to them are:
1.Internet: It has raised the bars and standards of Testing with the in-detail written articles and notes about it as a field along with the already emerging and advancing technologies. The growing popularity of mobile Internet has led to an unprecedented rise in the demand for data intensive applications, high performance mobile terminals and next-generation network equipment.
2.Cloud software: With its success and its upcoming uses, it is the latest trend setter in technology market. Cloud testing is a form of software testing in which web applications that use cloud computing environments seek to simulate real-world user traffic as a means of load testing and stress testing web sites. In regard to test execution, the software offered as a service may be a transaction generator and the cloud provider’s infrastructure software.
3.Test Driven Development: It is a software development technique that ensures your source code is thoroughly unit-tested as compared to traditional testing methodologies, where unit testing is recommended but not enforced. It combines test-first development and refactoring.
4.Virtualization Testing: With Testing going complex, the test environment set-up, getting people access to the environment, and loading it with the right bits from development, all take up about 30-50 percent of the total testing time in an organization. Virtualization ensures that test labs reduce their energy footprint, resulting in a positive environmental impact, as well as significant savings.
5.Continuous Integration: It is a trend that is rapidly being adopted in testing, where the team members integrate their work with the rest of the development team on a frequent basis by committing all changes to a central versioning system. Beyond maintaining a common code repository, other characteristics of a CI environment include build automation, auto-deployment of the build into a production-like environment, and ensuring a self-test mechanism such that at the very least, a minimal set of tests are run to confirm that the code behaves as expected.
6.Crowd Testing: It is a new and emerging trend in which, rather than relying on a dedicated team of testers, companies rely on virtual test teams to get complete test coverage and reduce the time to market for their applications. A crowd test vendor identifies a pool of testers that meet the requirements, creates a project, and assigns work. Testers check the application, report bugs, and communicate with the company via an online portal.
7.Tools driven developer testing: Traditionally, developer testing was primarily limited to unit testing and some code coverage metrics. IDE-integrated tools have made the self-testing practice acceptable to developers, and the unit-testing and coverage analysis process automated for them. Development teams are also expected to perform a level of security testing (threat modeling, buffer overflow, sequel injection, etc).