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Car Window Touchscreens

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the expensive-chips dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "As if we need more proof that touchscreens are all the rage, designers are dreaming up ways to put them in cars. In the video, a child gazes wistfully out the window at a dreary countryside. Fields roll by, a lake, cyclists, trees that have lost their leaves. The car stops, and the child starts 'drawing' on the window. The article includes fascinating videos showing how touchscreens might infiltrate our lives in the future."

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First post from a car window! (3, Funny)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899340)

This makes my commute so much more pleasant, I can watch videos and^J^J^ NO CARRIER

Devil's Advocate... (1)

Penguinisto (415985) | more than 3 years ago | (#36900722)

...unless you're driving a classic Jeep, you're going to have a very hard time reaching that windshield.
(well, you can play with the side window I guess - but damn it'd be hard to see out the side of your peripheral vision)

Does bring up a point, though... how would such a thing jibe with automotive safety regulations? If you tint your windshield, or in some states have too much crap attached to it (GPS, radar detector, etc etc), you can eat a ticket.

Also, I remember some car model in the 1990's getting all crazy about having a HUD installed in it (it displayed speed, fuel, etc at the bottom of the windshield), but that never really went anywhere.

Re:First post from a car window! (1)

iamhassi (659463) | more than 3 years ago | (#36901752)

"This makes my commute so much more pleasant, I can watch videos and^J^J^ NO CARRIER"

Did the window break? That's a few hundred dollars now and glass has been around for umpteen [thefreedictionary.com] years, I can't wait to see the cost of replacing a ~27" touchscreen.

Re:First post from a car window! (1)

bennomatic (691188) | more than 3 years ago | (#36901892)

My question is, why wasn't she wearing a seatbelt?

What a crap summary (1)

whargoul (932206) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899368)

On the other hand, I did notice that the "News for Nerds" slogan has disappeared from the site. That would explain alot.

Re:What a crap summary (0)

dintech (998802) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899412)

Maybe they got sick of people whining along the lines of "but this isn't news for nerds!"

Re:What a crap summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36899660)

I still see the slogan on the title bar on home page. May I whine now?

Re:What a crap summary (2)

NoNonAlphaCharsHere (2201864) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899638)

It's probably just Yet Another Slashdot Javascript Bug.

i used to draw on the window all the time (3, Insightful)

yincrash (854885) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899434)

steam it up and instant canvas

Re:i used to draw on the window all the time (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899674)

Very true. Slightly more deluxe version would be magic markers and a paper towel. Anyone who spends hundreds of dollars so their child can draw on the window and not be bored deserves to have crudely drawn penises be permanently drawn on all their windows.

Re:i used to draw on the window all the time (1)

NatasRevol (731260) | more than 3 years ago | (#36900008)

Does a crudely drawn circle mean goatse?

Re:i used to draw on the window all the time (1)

publiclurker (952615) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899782)

that's not what I did when I steamed up the windows. Just sayin.

Re:i used to draw on the window all the time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36901312)

Yeah, I remember that time you got caught masturbating in public. Why do you bring it up?

Re:i used to draw on the window all the time (4, Funny)

blackfrancis75 (911664) | more than 3 years ago | (#36900248)

true, the Steam client for Windows has been around for ages

Great! (3, Insightful)

Tea-Bone of Brooklyn (828337) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899452)

I can't keep the kids smeary fingerprints off the car windows now.

Re:Great! (1)

NoNonAlphaCharsHere (2201864) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899500)

Don't forget dog nose-prints.

Because a tablet would be so much less capable than a car window. This is possibly the stupidest "and the technology could be used for..." article I've ever seen.

Re:Great! (1)

Tea-Bone of Brooklyn (828337) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899786)

Don't forget dog nose-prints.

I wonder how the software will interpret that.

Re:Great! (1)

NoNonAlphaCharsHere (2201864) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899934)

That's easy "Hello, World!!".

Re:Great! (1)

RockClimbingFool (692426) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899982)

Or "I RUV U!!!"

Re:Great! (1)

kencurry (471519) | more than 3 years ago | (#36900044)

or - " I think, therefore I ~~~~SQUIRREL!!!!"

Re:Great! (1)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 3 years ago | (#36900310)

or - " I think, therefore I ~~~~SQUIRREL!!!!"

Lucky basterd. all I ever get is "I think, therefore I ~~~~SKUNK!!!"

Re:Great! (1)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 3 years ago | (#36900132)

Don't forget dog nose-prints.
 

Will dogs install different virus than humans do? What happens to your car when a dog virus attacks it? Wet wheels?

Re:Great! (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 3 years ago | (#36901370)

Because a tablet would be so much less capable than a car window. This is possibly the stupidest "and the technology could be used for..." article I've ever seen.

Geez...what's with parents having to have 12 different forms of medial to keep kids busy on a trip?

I used to have a few books, lay down across the back seat...and read most of the whole way....or with a few toys and imagination, I'd entertain myself for hours.

I can see an occasional DVD or game, now that they're available...but geez...it sounds like what I hear from every parent, they live in FEAR that their kids will run out of media to keep them occupied...shit, let them read or do whatever to keep themselves occupied. We had to do it growing up, make them do it now.

Parent's...grow a spine....

Re:Great! (1)

couchslug (175151) | more than 3 years ago | (#36902148)

"I can't keep the kids smeary fingerprints off the car windows now."

I keep the trunk closed. They get quiet after a while.

weird kid! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36899462)

So, they are driving through a nice quiet countryside and that sicko draws an atomic blast in the middle of it. psycho much? Though, i did like how instead of looking at a few horses a ways away, you can have it be a big blurry blob instead! if i wanted to see that i wouldn't have spent so much money having my eyes lasered!

Obscured views... (2)

The Pirou (1551493) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899468)

Great, one more thing to obscure the view of driving parents who spend too much time looking at what's going on in the back seat as it is instead of paying attention to the road.

Buy your kid a tablet if you want them to be entertained with tech. Otherwise, cheap out and get an etch-a-sketch.

Re:Obscured views... (1)

ElectricTurtle (1171201) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899632)

This. I don't need a bunch of doodles covering the view of my blindspots. Besides which kids would rather have some kind of handheld gaming platform like a DS than doodle on car windows. Or, you know, they could read goddamn books like everybody else did in cars before the dawn of lithium ion batteries.

Re:Obscured views... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36899754)

Stop saying "this". It's more annoying than the AOL "ME TOO!!!".

Re:Obscured views... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36899856)

Stop saying "this". It's more annoying than the AOL "ME TOO!!!".

This.

Re:Obscured views... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36899942)

Nothing good will come of this.

Re:Obscured views... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36900178)

I knew you'd say "that".

Re:Obscured views... (2)

Pope (17780) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899960)

Most people get some motion sickness trying to read books in cars, I know I do. Comics were fine.

Re:Obscured views... (1)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 3 years ago | (#36900374)

Or, you know, they could read goddamn books like everybody else did in cars before the dawn of lithium ion batteries.

I agree with--hold it, someone just twittered me a youtube video about the latest iphone app that allows access to skype..

Re:Obscured views... (1)

shoehornjob (1632387) | more than 3 years ago | (#36900162)

Don't knock the Etchaschetch. I spent countless hours playing with that toy.Kinda still makes me wish I still had one. Of course my 7 year old daughter still wants to play with the light bright app on her Ipod touch.

Re:Obscured views... (1)

AdamThor (995520) | more than 3 years ago | (#36900588)

I don't think my 2 year old could manage an etch a sketch, but he's loving his magna-doodle. That thing has been a way bigger success than I thought it would be.

Re:Obscured views... (1)

Kelbear (870538) | more than 3 years ago | (#36900796)

Exactly, there's no reason to use the car windows for this. It's just a horrible UI experience. A kid should be buckled down into the chair, and if they're awkwardly turned 90 degrees towards the window, they're going to be crawling out of that seatbelt constantly. A tablet accomplishes the same purpose but without the incredibly awkward positioning. Plus it's portable so you can take it with you afterwards.

Better yet, just velcro the tablet to the back of the carseats and they won't even need to hold it. It essentially the same as those built-in headrest TVs, only better.

Re:Obscured views... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36901750)

As a motorcyclist, i know from experience that those people don't look out their windows anyway.

Pfft. Old news. (1)

JackCroww (733340) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899516)

I did this all the time as a kid. I'd fog the window with my breath and draw to my heart's content. Of course my dad would make me clean the windows when we got home, but I still did it.

I don't want to have to look away from the road. (4, Insightful)

hendrikboom (1001110) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899522)

I've seen commercials touting the driving experience using touch screens ... The *last8 thing I want to do is take my eyes off the road to look at a menu while I adjust the volume of the car radio. It's bad enough that the controls I have now operate at a touch -- I want to be able to feel the control and know it's the right one by fell alone before I press it, all while continuing to look out the front window.,

Re:I don't want to have to look away from the road (1)

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899796)

That is why I like my radio controls on my steering wheel the cruse control buttons there as well on my daily driver. I can operate them all without taking my hands off the wheel and they are in the correct spot so I can push them with my thumbs. Better yet each one has a different pattern when you touch it since the symbols are recessed so you know by touch what button you are on. On my junk truck none of that works so it doesn't matter where the controls are and my project car doesn't have any electronic gadgets other than wipers and lights.

Re:I don't want to have to look away from the road (1)

SleazyRidr (1563649) | more than 3 years ago | (#36900296)

I used to think that was a good idea, but the car I have now with the steering wheel controls have such a bar across the steering wheel to house them all that I can't really drive comfortably with the 9-3 hand position required to use them. I have to pretend I'm either an old lady with the 10-2 position, or some teenager on drugs using the 8-4 position.

Re:I don't want to have to look away from the road (1)

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) | more than 3 years ago | (#36900748)

I guess I am lucky then since this the the layout [dealerrevs.com] of my steering wheel. It was a good design so I don't know why they discontinued that layout and went to the 3 spoke design with buttons on 2 of the spokes. And no that isn't my car, it is way to clean to be mine plus it probably his fewer miles on it.

Re:I don't want to have to look away from the road (1)

SleazyRidr (1563649) | more than 3 years ago | (#36901224)

A steering wheel like that would make me happy.

Re:I don't want to have to look away from the road (1)

PeanutButterBreath (1224570) | more than 3 years ago | (#36901030)

I used to think that was a good idea, but the car I have now with the steering wheel controls have such a bar across the steering wheel to house them all that I can't really drive comfortably with the 9-3 hand position required to use them.

The obvious solution is to add more buttons for steering input.

Re:I don't want to have to look away from the road (1)

s4ndm4n (1361751) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899922)

I agree with you on that... definitely don't think drivers need another distraction but.. otoh.. for passenger windows in the rear seating of an SUV or minivan, it might work for the entertainment purposes, like for kids. Don't know if it's a good idea but it's better than anything to do with putting that on a winshield.

Re:I don't want to have to look away from the road (1)

shoehornjob (1632387) | more than 3 years ago | (#36900218)

So you basically need controls that respond to your voice. The only touch screen they need to put in the front seat is the gps and you shouldn't need to touch that while you're driving. Touch screens on the windows....bah what a bunch of dumbasses.

Re:I don't want to have to look away from the road (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 3 years ago | (#36900456)

So you basically need controls that respond to your voice.

"No! you don't turn left here, you turn right over there! No, other right!"

Do. Not. Want.

And then in a minor accident a window gets smashed (5, Insightful)

Tridus (79566) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899534)

And it costs $4000 to replace.

Goodie.

This is just another in a long trend of stuffing more and more nonsense into cars, which is the opposite of what we need. What we need are light, simple, effecient cars. What they try to build instead is cars with touchscreen windows.

Re:And then in a minor accident a window gets smas (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899622)

On the plus side, the required level of embedded computational power should be enough for manufacturers to cryptographically lock-out aftermarket replacements, and the car's stereo/video system to freak out and stop working when it decides that your new window isn't HDCP compliant...

This, my friends, is Progress.

Re:And then in a minor accident a window gets smas (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899792)

On the plus side, the required level of embedded computational power should be enough for manufacturers to cryptographically lock-out aftermarket replacements, and the car's stereo/video system to freak out and stop working when it decides that your new window isn't HDCP compliant...

This, my friends, is Progress.

No sir, progress would be displaying the "service engine soon" idiot light on the cryptographically locked out window. That means if a window ever breaks, in order to pass emissions tests in my area, you need to replace it with the manufacturer's window.

Another option, is to display the speedometer on that window. Only need to emissions test the car every other year, but need to see the speedo all the time.

And progress would be if the HDCP or whatever fails, it fails "jet black" so you can't see out the window...

Otherwise people will just replace them with plain ole glass.

No not cars!! (0)

hellfire (86129) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899640)

No what we need is simple, effective, efficient public transportation.

Re:No not cars!! (1)

0123456 (636235) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899896)

No what we need is simple, effective, efficient public transportation.

LOL.

Re:No not cars!! (1)

dgatwood (11270) | more than 3 years ago | (#36900282)

And unicorns, faeries, dragons, and wizards as well. All are equally plausible.

Re:And then in a minor accident a window gets smas (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899704)

Right. Investing in a tablet for your kid to bring in the car (or the house, or the doctor's office, or the train, etc. etc. etc.) might not be a bad idea. But to build it into a car, especially the most brittle part of a car - that's just a malinvestment.

But, hey, I know people who have paid $900 a piece for dual built-in DVD players. I got my kids $100 no-name 7" video players from NewEgg, and those have been sufficient and they work everywhere.

Now, if this technology gets to the point where it's very cheap, then perhaps that's a different story.

Re:And then in a minor accident a window gets smas (1)

CohibaVancouver (864662) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899706)

Exactly. Some junkie smashes my window to get the nickels in the ashtray and the insurance company is out $4K. Or, worse yet, your windshield gets a crack and your insurance provider writes off the car.

Re:And then in a minor accident a window gets smas (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36899758)

I'm all for more technology in cars as long as it serves a useful purpose (especially if it is something that improves safety).

I'm still waiting for a proper HUD on the windshield (and not the reflected LED speedometer that GM put in some of their cars). It would be great if they could implement IR enhanced vision into a HUD for nighttime driving, or perhaps an obstacle detection system like that shown in the movie, Children of Men.

Re:And then in a minor accident a window gets smas (1)

0123456 (636235) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899916)

I'm still waiting for a proper HUD on the windshield

Why? What exactly is so important that you need a HUD for it in a car? It's not like you'll crash into the ground if your speed drops below 200mph.

And if you're driving in weather so bad that you want IR enhanced video then you should... slow down.

Re:And then in a minor accident a window gets smas (1)

nabsltd (1313397) | more than 3 years ago | (#36900656)

What exactly is so important that you need a HUD for it in a car?

For every display that I might want to look at but don't want to take my eyes off the road, like GPS map, current speed, etc.

Even the audio information would be handy to have up there. Along with steering wheel controls, it would allow better attention. You still shouldn't be fiddling with the controls when traffic is bad, but keeping you from ever having to look down can mean that you have a fraction of a second more when the truly unexpected happens at time when you thought it was OK to look down.

Re:And then in a minor accident a window gets smas (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36900274)

I was thinking a simpler and more useful HUD would be augmented reality highlighting signs, turns, crossings & junctions.
I've never needed to look at my speed that often that i'd need it constantly in view. A warning when you're speeding is more than enough.

Great (2)

paimin (656338) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899566)

That should be cheap to replace when a rock hits it.

Re:Great (1, Funny)

drpimp (900837) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899834)

What no one sees is that we are no longer in the middle east for oil, its sand we are after. Sand makes glass, and we want to use it more, so that our technological advancements in glass tech will remain cheap, we will remain in middle east long after oil is gone. I have no basis for this argument, it just sounded good.

Re:Great (2)

Pope (17780) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899998)

Mine Arizona! Say NO to imported Middle East sand!

Re:Great (1)

artor3 (1344997) | more than 3 years ago | (#36900206)

Well, we'll remain in the Middle East long after the oil is gone, but it won't be for glass. It'll be for the lithium buried under Afghanistan.

Re:Great (1)

houghi (78078) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899962)

If rocks hitting your rear passenger window is a problem then this might not be for you. So how often does this has happened to you or anybody you know?

I would be worried by people STEALING my window.

Car sick (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36899572)

Viewing of images as they cross our field of vision at a high rate causes motion sickness, so I hope they build in a nice system to catch all the puke from kids getting car sick while playing with those windows. I have to constantly remind my kids not to stare out the side of the windows while I am driving driving. If not I get the dreaded "my tummy feels funny" comment.

Re:Car sick (1)

idontusenumbers (1367883) | more than 3 years ago | (#36900258)

Not to mention focusing on a translucent surface where the image behind the surface is constantly moving. Oy.

very sad /. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36899594)

My wife posted this on Facebook over 3 days ago.

Re:very sad /. (2)

Literaphile (927079) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899702)

Huh. She didn't tell me about it until last night.

Designed by non-parents (2)

Just Some Guy (3352) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899658)

One of the first rules a toddler's parent develops is "hands off the glass! You'll get fingerprints on it!" Never has a parent actually encouraged their kids to smear their peanut-buttery fingers all over a car window.

Re:Designed by non-parents (1)

cvtan (752695) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899972)

I distinctly remember my father threatening to kill us if we drew pictures on the fogged windows in the car. Nice memories!

Re:Designed by non-parents (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36900788)

I distinctly remember my father threatening to kill us if we drew pictures on the fogged windows in the car. Nice memories!

Threatened? You had it good! Our father used to actually kill us if we drew pictures on the fogged windows in the car and we never complained. You young people don't know how good you have it.

Re:Designed by non-parents (1)

NatasRevol (731260) | more than 3 years ago | (#36900062)

I have, many times.

Granted, they weren't my kids, or in my car, but still...

Are you going to clean that window????? (1)

hellfire (86129) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899680)

I have enough problems keeping the kids fingers off the window. They smudge and smear and make it look like shit, now you are giving them a reason to mess up my damn windows!

Now get off my lawn!

More expensive crap that will break (1)

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899696)

This sounds like it is just more expensive crap that will break, especially for the early adopters. Cars are really bad places for electronics in general so I wonder how this will hold up to the extremes of -10F and 100F as these values aren't out of the normal operating range cars are expected to perform in. Add to that the vibration from being opened and closed along with the standard road vibration and it seems like these things won't last long.

Re:More expensive crap that will break (1)

0123456 (636235) | more than 3 years ago | (#36900368)

I wonder how this will hold up to the extremes of -10F and 100F

I laugh at your idea of -10F being 'extreme'. -50F is starting to get unpleasantly cold (for us and our cars), but -10F is a nice winter's day.

Re:More expensive crap that will break (1)

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) | more than 3 years ago | (#36900652)

For most people -10F is really cold and that is hard on electronics I chose those values as they would normally be considered extreme by most people. You might like Minnesota, we don't get quite that cold, but it can get down into the -30F range with -40F being record setting territory. Unless you are running some 0 weight oil -10F is hard on a car until it gets warm enough to have some good flow properties. Personally I like a nice crisp day where the temp is -10F with little to no wind.

Safety concerns (1)

hedgemage (934558) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899778)

Anyone else notice the child was not wearing her safety belt? And if the child is always facing sideways over to mess with the touch-screen window then they won't be positioned very well for a crash.

Re:Safety concerns (1)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899888)

Said child isn't really in a moving car, it's all faked up to show someone's idea of what they might do if thy could actually get it to work...

Re:Safety concerns (1)

AdamThor (995520) | more than 3 years ago | (#36900720)

My kid can't reach the glass in his legally mandated safety seat.

Re:Safety concerns (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36901180)

I noticed it. Glad to know I'm not the only one.

It also seemed that in the first few frames, the kid was sitting backwards...

Ahhgh Fingerprints! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36899812)

I can't get my kids to keep there smudgy fingers off the windows now :)
Also, OMG no seatbelt! :)

A solution in search of a problem (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899880)

It sure seems like, at times, technology companies will fall in love with new tech, coming up with applications without considering whether it actually makes any sense.

There are better and cheaper ways to use this technology, even for the described "problem". Put it on a tablet - using a tablet would be much more comfortable for the child than having to twist around sideways to play on the window. Remember, the kid is in a safety belt - and maybe even in a child car seat!

Re:A solution in search of a problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36900018)

Not even a solution in search of a problem. We have no such technology. It's a notion in search of a solution in search of a problem...

Not Even Pie in the Sky (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36899910)

Gaah! This is just a concept w/ a pretty simulation. There's no technology for this currently nor even any indication that it will _ever_ be technologically feasible. It's just a "wouldn't it be cool if". Why do people treat these as if they are actual products in the making?

Ghost in the Shell reference (1)

GJSchaller (198865) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899938)

From the original Ghost in the Shell movie, the cars in it had display screens instead of windows. Instead of expensive / delicate glass, they could have a hard steel shell over the window, and a display inside that showed what the outside view was, without the fragility of glass. (It took an enhanced strength cyborg multiple hits to get through the front "windshield".)

The potential of this is more than just structural - the display could show enhanced imagery, such as highlighting objects that might not be noticed due to low light, rain, etc. The display can go around support beams, which traditionally block the driver's view. There's more, I am sure - it doesn't even need to be touch capable, so much as a quality display mounted inside the car in place of a window.

Of course, if the camera system fails, that's another issue / point of failure...

80085 (1)

ginbot462 (626023) | more than 3 years ago | (#36900328)

>> the display could show enhanced imagery
We're all friends here, we know you mean heat boobs.

Re:Ghost in the Shell reference (1)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 3 years ago | (#36900726)

It's been awhile, but in either the movie or TOS, didn't a terrorist kill people by blanking out their super high tech windows in high speed traffic?

Even if it didn't happen that way, can you imagine a BSOD at speed?

The horror! (2)

cvtan (752695) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899954)

Fingerprints!!!! The reason touch screens failed when they were introduced 25 years ago.

"and the child starts "drawing" on the window." (1)

Clancie (678344) | more than 3 years ago | (#36899990)

"and the child starts "drawing" on the window." - Mine already does this now...with boogers. /sigh

Kids playing with touchscreen windows? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36900036)

And what happens kids turn into angsty, hormonal teenagers?
Just imagine it! Driving down the motorway and every car has something different displayed through the glass! Some are kids tv shows, some just happen to be of the "adult entertainment genre".
If the "hello boys" billboard cause traffic jams back in the 90's what the heck will porn on every other car window do to our roads?
That's it, I'm getting a helicopter!

Great news! (1)

LighterShadeOfBlack (1011407) | more than 3 years ago | (#36900072)

No longer will children be confined to condensation-inducing weather in order to draw cocks on windows. Truly, what wonders technology has wrought.

Corning video is better. (1)

mj1856 (589031) | more than 3 years ago | (#36900090)

I like the second video in the article better. Much more realistic. Gotta get me one of those see through iPhones!

I cant wait for this (1)

Roachie (2180772) | more than 3 years ago | (#36900092)

I'll have the wickedest minivan in sperm valley.

The greatest joy of parenthood is watching them take their first steps into adulthood and then one day they realize that there is no money fairy.

*sniff* revenge at last...

This idea is a quarter-century old (1)

urlnotfound (318438) | more than 3 years ago | (#36900192)

Meet the 1986 Buick Riviera, and its factory touch screen control panel. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoYSCuAwPUg

I found a bug (1)

houghi (78078) | more than 3 years ago | (#36900388)

This is still /. SO instead of all the bad ideas for some social reason, why not look at the technical issues.

The distance measured does not change while the car is moving.

Ad overlays on the real world (2)

Animats (122034) | more than 3 years ago | (#36900440)

Ads, overlaid on the real world. Inevitable with this technology.

Boring... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36900582)

Who cares about doodling?

How about the best side-scroller-shooter ever?

and then you hit the brakes a blue screen comes an (1)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | more than 3 years ago | (#36900956)

and then you hit the brakes a blue screen comes saying something brakes.sys has caused a system error and then you end up a Toyota where the car stops taking input from the brakes, gas pedal and soft on / off key.

The Down Side of This Concept (1)

rueger (210566) | more than 3 years ago | (#36901568)

Obviously the creators of this idea have never traveled with a dog - specifically the nose of the dog...

its a CAR (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36901610)

It's supposed to get you from point A to point B. Stop trying to sell us tons of useless add-ons we don't really need!

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