The Glass Age, Part 1: Flexible, Bendable Glass

  • Published on Nov 19, 2014
  • Be amazed as Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman introduce us to a whole new way of thinking about glass. Learn the history of glass innovation and watch incredible demonstrations of bendable optical fiber and thin, ultra-flexible glass.This is the Glass Age, where materials science is constantly pushing boundaries and creating new possibilities for glass-enabled technology and design. See how glass is shaping the future at
    Presented by Corning.
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Comments • 5 767

  • L
    L 2 hours ago

    I‘m missing Schott, Zeiss , Zwiesel, Spiegelau, Riedel and Nachtmann
    All German and Austrian companies also found in the 1800‘s (in fact Zeiss is older than Corning) specialized on glass production.

  • W Brown
    W Brown 18 hours ago

    These two amazing intellects need to be working again, together.

  • Saeed Rehman
    Saeed Rehman 2 days ago

    Urdo in Pakistan mehebani

  • Saeed Rehman
    Saeed Rehman 2 days ago


  • Steve Robertson
    Steve Robertson 3 days ago

    Man i miss Mythbusters, still my favorite show of all time! I know they claim they arent friends, but theres no denying how much fun they had making that show, and they just had such great chemistry on TV and were fun to watch as they tackled the myths. The earliest seasons were the best too, i still watch them regularly

  • Gary Quan
    Gary Quan 3 days ago

    Would rather call this the steel age...

  • Tim Hitt
    Tim Hitt 4 days ago

    when are the moving shoes coming to market?

  • Joshua Jones
    Joshua Jones 4 days ago

    Won't be available to the public for another 50 years.
    If you can afford it, that is.

  • Orion drum
    Orion drum 5 days ago

    They should've called this "fun with glass", Adam being Sheldon and Jamie being Amy. They sound the same

  • Martin From Strufve
    Martin From Strufve 6 days ago

    But the last glass you had wasnt see-through.... so its not really glass..

  • TheKielbasaKid
    TheKielbasaKid 6 days ago

    Bring Kari in on the next ad please.

  • Jesse Dennerlein
    Jesse Dennerlein 8 days ago

    My Dad would have loved to seen something like this although he'd probably be correcting the mistakes that Adam and Jamie made! LOL! PS He was a Glass engineer and customer of Corning products.

  • Martijn Abelskamp
    Martijn Abelskamp 10 days ago

    Thanks penn and.. uhh whatever.

  • Waylon Way
    Waylon Way 10 days ago

    this whole video gave me anexiety

  • Bruise Wheelus
    Bruise Wheelus 10 days ago

    Adam Soyvage

  • Troshock
    Troshock 10 days ago

    So, like, plastic?

  • Lets get to 1mill without vids

    I think we're in the plastic age. Plastic is pretty new if you look at the amount of different plastics. First plastics were bakelite and now with 3d printing plastic will become huge and the different types is endless: pla abs pc pet pete etc

  • mejecam
    mejecam 11 days ago

    Ok where is our e-paper then

  • uncleartax
    uncleartax 11 days ago

    Jamie’s boots?

  • jherrada72
    jherrada72 12 days ago

    The plastic age.

  • Znander Pertander
    Znander Pertander 12 days ago

    wheres my willow glass screen protector

  • Metal Head
    Metal Head 12 days ago

    Sooo we have this Willow glass stuff that is so amazing and light and flexibke and shatter proof and yet we are not putting it on all cell phones ?? Why?? This alone solves the broken glass and broken phone issue if dropped. We do not need protective phone cases just this better more efficient glass coating on all phones.
    I guess that the throw away and disposable age we live in.. makes no sense

    • Feiora
      Feiora 9 days ago

      To get your money, thats why... If everyone had products with eternal life spans the people that made them would go broke after EVERYONE has obtained them and then there'd be no need to innovate and technological advancement would stop because nobody can be bothered to make any new stuff since the current stuff is perfectly fine and does what they need it to do, even if only to a certain degree...

  • fla playa
    fla playa 13 days ago

    Definitely the Fossil Fuel age. Glass age? Okay maybe kind of.

  • Laine Hayes
    Laine Hayes 13 days ago

    Was watching Adam's one day builds and jumped on a video with Jamie... To see my city's name! Grew up on these guys, so cool to see them demo stuff made right in my little city!

  • digital subliminal messages

    S T O P. R A P E I N G. B A B I E S
    I had to take a minute ,technically it wasnt ling // the push on that particular chouce / i can resist // but they o.k.....mostly // sort of

  • Ron King
    Ron King 14 days ago

    they need to make a spray on glass so you can spray a window into existence over a large area

  • Sean Rice
    Sean Rice 14 days ago

    I'm 9 minutes in and Only just realised I have watched an advertisement well done Corning 😂

  • 1JAAJ
    1JAAJ 15 days ago

    I would call it robotics and AI age

  • G Macka
    G Macka 15 days ago

    Machine age, Hydro carbon age, computer age, Internet age, jet propulsion age, molecular science age, etc. And for all the brilliance and astounding inventions, unfortunately we are also the age of idiots. Where evolution seems to take a step back to de-evolve.
    Greed has corrupted society and is de-funding schools, at a time when the world is in greater demand for knowledge.

  • G Macka
    G Macka 15 days ago

    Wasn't flexible or shatter proof glass first made in the Middle Ages sometime, but the king or leader that had it made killed the inventor to prevent the secret from getting out, thereby also killing the invention?

  • Andris Blumbergs
    Andris Blumbergs 15 days ago

    And my iPhone screen is still complete crap 😒

  • Adrian Doeven
    Adrian Doeven 15 days ago

    Just realised this is an add. Smart them.

  • matthew ozga
    matthew ozga 16 days ago

    i wonder if samsung has seen this yet?

  • Γιάννης Αθανάσιου

    This is the MCU age. Period.

  • XteamGaming
    XteamGaming 17 days ago

    You cut the glass with a diamond blade of course it didn't shatter

  • Tomek BEBUL
    Tomek BEBUL 18 days ago

    This is absurd age

  • Jac Gordon
    Jac Gordon 18 days ago +1

    You can tell they hate eachother, painful to watch once you realise

    • Freder Snorlax
      Freder Snorlax 17 days ago

      they frequently talk about how mythbusters fell apart because the money just wasn't good enough to put up with each other's BS. i guess corning paid them a TON!

  • Brent Christian
    Brent Christian 18 days ago

    Corning! You Win!!

  • johnsonmaje
    johnsonmaje 18 days ago

    Can you drink out of it? Is it recyclable? If so then hallelujah!

  • Mr Reign
    Mr Reign 18 days ago

    Nothing like suits and steel toe boots

  • theguywiththecoolprofilepicture

    tbh i cant imagine a world without hentia, this is the hentia age.

  • I leave mean comments
    I leave mean comments 19 days ago

    I wonder how much they got paid for this?

  • Rob Gilmour
    Rob Gilmour 20 days ago

    ok so where are the phone screens made of this stuff?
    what are the costs compared to normal glass?
    all this 'add' did was leave me with a bunch of unanswered questions!

  • Jessica Lee
    Jessica Lee 21 day ago

    I know this is an ad, but it can't be overstated how important glass is to the modern era in general. High quality production of glass was basically what allowed Europe to get ahead of China technologically. Chinese porcelain was so superior to anyone else's, that they didn't really bother with glass, but glass allows a lot more advanced chemistry research, as well as telescopes, microscopes, and even just simple things like eyeglasses improving quality of life and extending the working career of scholars (speaking as someone who just got old enough to need reading glasses).

    Sure, there were other factors, since China got hit with the one-two punch of being invaded by the Mongols (and the eventual revolution to expel their Yuan dynasty, replaced with the Ming dynasty, famous for its porcelain, of course), and Black Plague that killed tens of millions of people, more than the number of people who died in Europe during the Black Death.

    Maybe it also bears mentioning the debt that European scholars owed to Middle Eastern scholars like the "father of optics" Alhazen (Hasan Ibn Al-Haytham), though the Golden Age of scholarship and massive technological development in the Middle East ended with the one-two punch of the Crusades, and the Mongol invasion (and they also got the Black Plague).

    Meanwhile, Europeans pretty much couldn't stop fighting each other for the past three thousand years (Pax Romana, Peace of Westphalia, and Pax Brittanica notwithstanding), so technological refinements in glass benefited from high-priority high-funding military research, to develop the best spyglasses, in a sort of arms race. Without that, we wouldn't have gotten scientists pointing spyglasses at the planets, or at human tissue cells, and EVERYTHING that resulted from those efforts.

    So... fair enough, Corning. Glass is super important!

  • Bernd H.
    Bernd H. 23 days ago

    For me, it is the computer age. You would not be able to produce glass like this and also commercials like this without computers.

  • D. A.
    D. A. 23 days ago

    Absolutely Brilliant. Bravo!!!

  • henry
    henry 23 days ago

    Why not plastic age?

  • Michael Crumpton
    Michael Crumpton 23 days ago

    If they really wanted to impress us it should have had at least 1 explosion or bullet hitting the glass in true Mythbuster fashion.

  • The Amazing Goldfish
    The Amazing Goldfish 24 days ago

    I noticed at 8:28 that the support under the glass was designed to give, thus absorbing some of the impact.

  • Pony Ashes
    Pony Ashes 24 days ago

    Were in the GARB-age

    • D. A.
      D. A. 23 days ago

      Thanks buzzfeed.

  • Sam
    Sam 24 days ago

    This is the kind of glass that will never be anywhere near an Iphone. How else will they make hundreds of dollars every time someone drops a phone?

    Also, it's apparently the glass age, but to demonstrate one of the biggest contibutions of glass they used the transmission of raw high definition data. It's the digital age, get over it.

  • Jaden Bishop
    Jaden Bishop 25 days ago

    I kinda want to try making a paper airplane out of willow glass

  • DaFireCreeper
    DaFireCreeper 25 days ago

    Plastic age seems more realistic

  • Asad Sankar
    Asad Sankar 25 days ago

    It's Glassic 😍✌👌

  • Jason Santos
    Jason Santos 25 days ago +4

    This may just be an ad in the end, but materials science or science company ads in general always make the informative and interesting ones.

  • Varik Valefor
    Varik Valefor 25 days ago

    This is a great advertisement.

  • tHOUGHt Thru
    tHOUGHt Thru 26 days ago +1

    Bendable glass is neat, but I don't see the advantages to bonding it to other materials... What am I missing?

  • Jake Gonder
    Jake Gonder 26 days ago

    Flexible glass : plastic

  • Laura Rivera
    Laura Rivera 26 days ago

    I love them BOTH together!!!!

  • John Kerr
    John Kerr 27 days ago

    Age of Empires 4 : The Glass Age.

  • itaintmebabe99
    itaintmebabe99 27 days ago

    Adam, when you take a dump, do you count 3, 2, 1 ?

  • jar nuggs
    jar nuggs 27 days ago

    Tine for 4d printing

  • dominick253
    dominick253 27 days ago +1

    Damn myth busters sold out hu?

  • Trevor Kemp
    Trevor Kemp 27 days ago

    Paid for by Glass™️

  • Derber's Discoveries
    Derber's Discoveries 27 days ago +1

    Oil age, always warmongering for it.

  • Tom_nobreaks
    Tom_nobreaks 27 days ago

    That was an ad that I enjoyed watching

  • Andy Eisen
    Andy Eisen 28 days ago

    Wow. Next level advertising.

  • Marky
    Marky 28 days ago

    Best AD ever

  • Alf Beef
    Alf Beef 28 days ago

    This will be considered as the oil age..

  • Simon Masters
    Simon Masters 29 days ago

    The Ass Age, Part 1: Flexible, Bendable Ass ....... DOUBLE BURN!!! Aka The double Bunsen ;) .........................

  • Ricky Soulless
    Ricky Soulless 29 days ago

    Alright you got me, I'll buy a sheet of glass.

  • Norma Snockers
    Norma Snockers 29 days ago

    I had to stop watching because of that poxy over used plinky plunky happy arent you amazed music.

  • Game Changer
    Game Changer 29 days ago +1

    We're in the thin skin - don't hurt my feelings because i'm spoiled and have zero concept of the real world so i can live in my imaginary bubble and complain about everything i don't like even if it has nothing to do with me so i can throw my tantrums if i don't get my way - Age.

  • nick frank
    nick frank 29 days ago +2

    talking about high data transfer in a video with a maximum resolution of 720p is wild

  • Jetro Sukkela
    Jetro Sukkela Month ago

    They didn't mention glass ass.

  • Mark Scheper
    Mark Scheper Month ago +4

    Fack 6mins in and i realize im watching a AD, well played

    • aperson 74
      aperson 74 26 days ago

      I didn't notice till the end

  • Ian Bakker
    Ian Bakker Month ago

    If we didn't have glass we'd just replace it with plastic.

  • Sam Labo
    Sam Labo Month ago

    Rare earth or elemental metal age
    These elements are the reason for all of these modern wonders

  • jet li
    jet li Month ago

    Corning ROCKS. Go to the museum!

  • Tim Davy
    Tim Davy Month ago

    so basically really clear plastic?

  • mip0
    mip0 Month ago

    it's the silicon age..

  • Jan Warmolt Bödeker

    I love the shoes of these guys 👌😝😅

  • Tryptamine Odyssey
    Tryptamine Odyssey Month ago

    Make cannabis paraphernalia!!!

  • Tryptamine Odyssey
    Tryptamine Odyssey Month ago

    What does glass have to do with hot dogs?

    DEUTERONOMY 5 Month ago +1

    we already understand you both know almost everything and if not then you figure it out.
    Either way i enjoyed this tremendously

  • pass iton
    pass iton Month ago

    I love these guys with their quirky experiments. This is on another level, seeing bendable glass is amazing...

  • CopperHeroin
    CopperHeroin Month ago

    Ok so cam we finally get cell phones that dont break? Pry not though

  • Nicholas Filary
    Nicholas Filary Month ago

    I watched part 1, their not getting me on part 2. Foul me once...

  • gherrin
    gherrin Month ago

    i thought we were in the pr0n age, go figure...

  • xxTyphoid
    xxTyphoid Month ago

    Silicon age

  • Eric Andal
    Eric Andal Month ago

    Crazy to think that these guys couldn't stand each other. But at the end of day, they always made it work.

  • Stephen Post
    Stephen Post Month ago +20

    Glass Company: We're living The Glass Age!

    Also Glass Company: Glass has been made since ancient Mesopotamia

  • Goat Stroker
    Goat Stroker Month ago

    IDGAF if you guys are advertising something, it was entertaining and you are good presenters with good chemistry. May you have a long and successful career together.

  • alex cantlow
    alex cantlow Month ago

    Sales goats got to give respect where its due. But what about glass on glass will it protect glass. Silly but serious

  • Dabunny Rabbit
    Dabunny Rabbit Month ago

    I would love to see them do a "how it's made" show.

  • Bringer of Change
    Bringer of Change Month ago

    I'd like to see if I cant find a way to use electromagnetics to bond metal with glass in a sort of alloy to give it conductive properties. Can sodium be made a pure liquid by melting? Can it be solidified within glass at least somewhat evenly?

  • john doe
    john doe Month ago

    All I can think is plastic, plastic can bend without breaking, doesn't shatter when sawed through. Not impressed tbh.

  • Pixel Wish
    Pixel Wish Month ago

    The oil age

  • Knife Noob
    Knife Noob Month ago

    Glass is done. Plastic is king.

  • SplatNode
    SplatNode Month ago

    My phone is scaring me
    Was literally doing total internal reflection and refraction index's
    Now I get this recommendation