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Samsung Reinvents Windows (Not the OS) With Touchscreen Display

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the and-you-thought-they-were-expensive-to-break-now dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "If you want a large, interactive display on your wall, typically you have to make space for it by moving any pictures out of the way, and finding room next to any shelves or lighting you have installed. Samsung's idea is to remove that problem by creating a transparent display that replaces an actual window, or at least sit over the top of one. The display uses ambient light during the day and then can switch over to a more traditional black background as a night time mode. If you want to shut the daylight out it has virtual blinds you can draw to help darken a room. And from the outside you just like you are tapping your window as none of the graphics can be seen. Yes, your neighbors will talk."

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Weather app is a rip-off of OS X weather widget (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38735226)

The window itself is seriously awesome. But the weather app [imgur.com] is a direct rip-off of OS X's weather widget [imgur.com] . There's seriously no other way to design a weather app but how Apple did in 2005?

Never change, Samsung.

Re:Weather app is a rip-off of OS X weather widget (1)

viperidaenz (2515578) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735336)

Looks more like the Weather gadget that comes with Windows 7 (may have been there with Vista beta too in 2005)

Re:Weather app is a rip-off of OS X weather widget (5, Insightful)

adolf (21054) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735390)

Looks more like the Weather gadget that comes with Windows 7 (may have been there with Vista beta too in 2005)

Nah. I don't have an OSX box to play with, but the Windows 7 widget is currently on the right side of my screen, and the screenshots from OP appear accurate: Both Samsung and Apple have widgets that extend beyond the top of a rectangle, while MSFT does not.

So it looks, to me, more like the OSX widiget.

But really, who cares? It's not like whoever is responsible for these various computer devices invented the concept of a concise tabular weather display with informative graphics. Folks had been doing that long, long time before before any of this in both print and on TV.

That the layout persists is more evidence of its perceived usefulness, than it is evidence that it has been flagrantly copied from someone else's creative work.

Re:Weather app is a rip-off of OS X weather widget (4, Informative)

viperidaenz (2515578) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735434)

After a bit of googling it seems as though Apple ripped off the entire Dashboard concept from Konfabulator. [konfabulator.com]
Contrary to what you may believe, fanboy, Apple are not the epitome of innovation. They'd have gone nowhere if they didn't steal ideas from Xerox (just like Microsoft did). Steve Jobs admitted it himself [youtube.com] .

Re:Weather app is a rip-off of OS X weather widget (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38735788)

Not to forget, Apple ripped off their entire name and logo from another company. Don't think Samsung has gone that far yet...

Re:Weather app is a rip-off of OS X weather widget (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38735862)

Not forgetting of course that apple didn't steal anything from Xerox. I'll take your Konfabulat point though

Re:Weather app is a rip-off of OS X weather widget (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38736084)

But then we don't know if Samsung stole the design for the weather widget from Apple. They may have paid to use it, it might be a third party app they installed, it may have been skinned by a freelancer who in turn took his inspiration from somewhere else. The point was about innovation (or lack of) rather than taking ideas without recompense/attribution. Whether Apple had permission to take their ideas from Xerox or not, the point still stands that they didn't innovate, they took an existing idea and polished it.

Re:Weather app is a rip-off of OS X weather widget (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38735474)

Looks like the Konfabulator weather widget [arstechnica.com] . It's at least as derived from and different than that as the OS X widget is.

Re:Weather app is a rip-off of OS X weather widget (1)

flimflammer (956759) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735560)

I really hope this is just poor satire and there really isn't someone as retarded as this.

Re:Weather app is a rip-off of OS X weather widget (5, Insightful)

gargll (1682636) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735666)

Maybe we should rephrase the proverb “When a finger points to the moon, the imbecile looks at the finger”, into "When shown a new display technology, the imbecile looks at the weather widget design".

Re:Weather app is a rip-off of OS X weather widget (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38735892)

The window itself is seriously awesome. But the weather app [imgur.com] is a direct rip-off of OS X's weather widget [imgur.com] . There's seriously no other way to design a weather app but how Apple did in 2005?

Never change, Samsung.

The Apple Weather app looks like the weather presentation has looked when PRINTED in different Swedish NEWSPAPERS from cirka 1980 (ever since Swedish newspapers started to be printed in colour). Similar weather presentations was used by Swedish Television when it was still broadcasted in monochrome; Sweden switched to colour TV broadcasts in 1970. I'm not claiming it is a Swedish invention, this kind of weather display may have been used and invented in some other country/-ies decades before it become common in Swedish media. I'm just pointing out that there is a much larger and diverse world outside the boarders of the country you live in.

Just because some "innovation" is brought to the publics attention by some company in USA, that doesn't mean that company invited it. Most (all?) US companies are copycats by nature (and Apple in particular is a pure copyist), usually decades behind how stuff is done in other countries (and usually the US consumer has less to choose from when it comes to different gadgets doing the same thing, differently, US companies like to standardise on one way for a consumer product to work, to avoid that their consumer will get confused (like early automobiles steered by reins), while most companies operatinh outside USA take for granted that their consumers are intelligent enough to understand that different products might achieve the same end result, even if they need to be handled/interpreted differently). Unlike companies in other countries, US companies like to imply that they invented the things they market, even when they didn't. Because the US population like to live in isolation from the (scary/insignificant/...) world outside USA (when was the last time you visited a foreign website? one that was not in English?), US companies can get away with this kind of shenanigans without getting caught.

Re:Weather app is a rip-off of OS X weather widget (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735908)

The window itself is seriously awesome. But the weather app [imgur.com] is a direct rip-off of OS X's weather widget [imgur.com] . There's seriously no other way to design a weather app but how Apple did in 2005?

Okay, regardless of how Apple prettified the design that originally came to OS X via Konfabulator - this is being overlaid on a window. Here's a novel idea - if you want to know what the weather is like, instead of looking at a weather widget... LOOK OUT THE DAMN WINDOW!

I remember Konfabulator, I tried it once. I then tried Dashboard after Apple introduced it. Then I noticed that Yahoo! bought out Konfabulator in an attempt to bring the concept to Windows, and now Windows 7 has widgets. Bottom line... they're pretty, but all basically useless. I'd load up one or two, look at them for a few minutes... then never look at them again.

Orchestrated trolling campaign on Slashdot (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38735232)

GreatBunzinni [slashdot.org] has been posting anonymous accusations [slashdot.org] listing a whole bunch of Slashdot accounts as being part of a marketing campaign for Microsoft, without any evidence. GreatBunzinni has accidentally outed himself [slashdot.org] as this anonymous poster. Half the accounts he attacks don't even post pro-Microsoft rhetoric. The one thing they appear to have in common is that they have been critical of Google in the past. GreatBunzinni has been using multiple accounts to post these "shill" accusations, such as Galestar [slashdot.org] , NicknameOne [slashdot.org] , and flurp [slashdot.org] .

That's not the problem. The problem is that moderators gave him +5 Informative and are now modding down the accused, even for legitimate posts. Metamoderation is supposed to address this by filtering out the bad moderators, but clearly it's not working.

This "shill" crap that has been flying around lately has to stop. It's restricting a variety of viewpoints from participating on the site and creating an echo chamber.

Re:Orchestrated trolling campaign on Slashdot (0)

flimflammer (956759) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735596)

So you thought you'd...what, exactly, by bringing this to light in a completely irrelevant article?

It doesn't help that I recognize a lot of the names he has posted quite negatively and got the shill vibe from many of them. I don't even like to accuse people of shilling, but some of those accounts post in ways above and beyond what I could consider shilling. The only thing I would say is I'm not sure that it's Microsoft. They certainly engage in a lot of negative publicity towards Google though.

I'll end this stating I like both Google and Microsoft. Make of that what you will.

Re:Orchestrated trolling campaign on Slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38736294)

%$@#!

Dude, let it go. Trolls gonna troll. Hell. My account is on that list, and I don't give a rats ass. An idiot trolling on slashdot with supposition and exaggeration and misinformation presented as concrete facts? This is new.

There are intelligent people here, people who can hold an excellent argument on just about any position, and show the advantages of that position, and there are people like that. There have been for the 8+ years I've used this site. It's nothing new, get over it and don't join in. It just makes you look like a douche.

O RLY (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38735236)

So I guess perverts can just stare at the inside of windows now.

Re:O RLY (1)

denpun (1607487) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735272)

FTA: "And from the outside you just like you are tapping your window as none of the graphics can be seen". So what your viewing is safe from prying eyes....but they can see you like they would be with a normal window....I wonder if they should/will make the other side to show blinds/curtains as well....so when I want my window shut----to the outside world...i just "turn on" the blinds/curtains.....on the other side too...

Re:O RLY (1)

denpun (1607487) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735286)

yes..there is a typo in the statement from the article..and I just copied and pasted it directly....did not want to change what the site said....

Re:O RLY (4, Funny)

gmhowell (26755) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735334)

yes..there is a typo in the statement from the article..and I just copied and pasted it directly....did not want to change what the site said....

That's what 'sic' is for. I'd link to the page at wikipedia, but, you know...

Re:O RLY (3, Insightful)

adolf (21054) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735432)

Seriously [wikipedia.org] . So many folks are blamed for errors in these days of blogs and chaos, when a simple [ sic [wikipedia.org] ] would be perfectly adequate to exonerate them.

Re:O RLY (1)

kakyoin01 (2040114) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735674)

But Wikipedia is "down" right now! Perhaps if we donate enough--nah, bitcoin jokes are long past their due date.

Re:O RLY (1)

ByOhTek (1181381) | more than 2 years ago | (#38736400)

I'm sure, once we rinse off all the SOPA, wikipedia will come back.

SOPA may be dead (or dieing) but PIPA and the other crap legislation are still out there, and need to be stopped.

Re:O RLY (1)

kyrio (1091003) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735682)

The point was that linking to Wikipedia won't work because it will just return a black page.

Re:O RLY (1)

rb12345 (1170423) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735958)

Disabling JavaScript works here to get around the SOPA banners (which are pretty pointless outside the US, since we can't do anything much about it).

Re:O RLY (5, Insightful)

St.Creed (853824) | more than 2 years ago | (#38736126)

Disabling JavaScript works here to get around the SOPA banners (which are pretty pointless outside the US, since we can't do anything much about it).

Which is the point. You can't do much about it, but you'll suffer the consequences with the rest of the world.

Re:O RLY (1)

ByOhTek (1181381) | more than 2 years ago | (#38736418)

Actually, governments stron-arm each other all the time, trying to get laws passed, particularly with copyright stuff lately.

So, yeah, you can do something - you can pressure your leaders to pressure the US congress to not be stupid. SOAP may be dead, but there are two more piles of shitty toilet paper that need to follow it.

Re:O RLY (1)

adolf (21054) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735980)

If Wikipedia is broken for you at this particular moment, then that is just evidence that you lack sufficient Kung-Fu to make it work anyway and are therefore unsuitable to make a valid comment in this particular discussion.

(In other words, I think that part of my point is that Wikipedia has been working just fine for me, even though it is after 12:00AM EST. YMMV.)

Samsung's weather widget (-1, Offtopic)

bonch (38532) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735242)

Um...the weather widget looks a little familiar [imgur.com] , doesn't it?

Re:Samsung's weather widget (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38735260)

you're going to get modbombed because Slashdot *hates* when Samsung's copying is pointed out

Re:Samsung's weather widget (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38735302)

Eh, I was just pointing out what I'm sure some already noticed, being tongue-in-cheek more than anything. Genuinely not trying to start a flamewar.

Re:Samsung's weather widget (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38735516)

Or because he's Bonch

Re:Samsung's weather widget (4, Insightful)

Microlith (54737) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735290)

Yeah, cause there's so many unique ways to lay out a weather widget. Oh, right. Apple exclusively owns any layout they happen to use, and anyone else must use the most inconvenient format and layout they can think of.

Because Apple is so unique and innovative [google.com]

Fucking idiot fanboys.

Re:Samsung's weather widget (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38735328)

YESSIR, because the absolutely only way to design a weather app is to make it look exactly like the OS X dashboard widget from 2005. and your evidence is a Google image search showing a bunch of people who ripped off the OS X dashboard widget from 2005.

nobody could ever design [androidguys.com] anything [macworld.com] different [theandroider.com] .

good job! *thumbs up*

Re:Samsung's weather widget (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38735524)

YESSIR, because the absolutely only way to design a weather app is to make it look exactly like the OS X dashboard widget from 2005

You mean, the Konfabulator weather app design which Apple ripped off for OS X in 1995.

Re:Samsung's weather widget (1, Troll)

gmhowell (26755) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735550)

YESSIR, because the absolutely only way to design a weather app is to make it look exactly like the OS X dashboard widget from 2005

You mean, the Konfabulator weather app design which Apple ripped off for OS X in 1995.

OSX in 1995? Lemme guess, you're one of those HR people demanding 8+ years of Windows 7 experience for current hires?

Re:Samsung's weather widget (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38735354)

If you'd go through the image search you linked, there are literally hundreds of weather apps that don't look like Apple's weather app. It's not like the only way to make a weather app is the way Apple did it.

Re:Samsung's weather widget (-1, Troll)

Overly Critical Guy (663429) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735368)

Yeah, cause there's so many unique ways to lay out a weather widget.

There is, and you even posted a link to a bunch of them.

Protest SOPA, PIPA. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38735396)

Why isn't Slashdot participating? Didn't they care about an open internet at one point??
Slashdoters participate in the protest....
All post to any article today should be in protest of SOPA and PIPA.

Here are a bunch of unique weather app designs (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38735422)

Challenge accepted. Weather app designs that don't look like Apple's:

Here's one unique design. [howtogeek.com]

And another unique design. [berryreview.com]

And another unique design. [techwench.com]

Yet another unique design. [mzstatic.com]

Another unique one. [runaroundtech.com]

And another unique one. [redmondpie.com]

And yet another unique one. [modmyi.com]

Even more unique designs. [berryreview.com]

And even more unique designs. [androidguys.com]

And it keeps going with the unique designs. [macworld.com]

Yet another unique design. [theandroider.com]

Another unique design. [ithinkdiff.com]

And the final unique design. [intomobile.com]

All of these look just fine and aren't inconvenient.

Re:Here are a bunch of unique weather app designs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38736356)

that don't look like Konfabulator's and newspapers' from three decades ago:

Here, FTFY.

Why the fuck Apple fanboys are so insistent on thinking everything is invented by Apple?

Wouldn't be surprised (4, Interesting)

SpaghettiPattern (609814) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735246)

Wouldn't be surprised if a Samsung Window would eventually be cheaper than a real window. Where I live that might be the case anyway.

Re:Wouldn't be surprised (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38735436)

It'll just be ad-sponsored (cf: Black Mirror).

Wow! (2)

MrEricSir (398214) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735266)

I'll finally be able to see the dust in the back corner of my cubicle!

Re:Wow! (3, Informative)

justforgetme (1814588) | more than 2 years ago | (#38736264)

OMG I had to scroll down 200 "the widget is copied from apple" comments to find a poster actually focusing on the subject! Event if it is an ill fated attempt at being funny.

Anyway. what I can't get my head around is that:
If it's working as they say why are they only showing one side of the screen and at that have the screen pointed into a light box with a printed 3D environment wallpaper.

Cheaper solution (1)

larppaxyz (1333319) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735300)

I once peeled most of everything from my ThinkPad laptop display and it became transparent, still fully working. It was pretty cool and i think i still have it somewhere.

How much do they cost? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38735318)

How much do they cost? $100 and i will order a dozen

Why hasn't Slashdot gone dark? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38735330)

Are you waiting a few more hours like reddit? Or what? Here's to hoping Slashdot has integrity so that I can continue to visit the site.

Not the best for... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38735342)

Masturbating to porn.

Virtual Blinds (1)

EnempE (709151) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735350)

So people from the outside can't see what is on the screen, do they just see black or when you close the blinds are you still in full view of your neighbors?

Vertical touch interface ??? (1)

yvesdandoy (44789) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735356)

Totally absurd !!!

Use it non stop for 10 minutes and you will see how the cramps in your arms will prevent you from going on !!!

Re:Vertical touch interface ??? (2)

martas (1439879) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735462)

I don't think this is meant to be used as a primary display for long term sessions, just as a terminal for quick tasks (e.g. see time/weather, check flight schedules, etc.).

Re:Vertical touch interface ??? (1)

semi-extrinsic (1997002) | more than 2 years ago | (#38736074)

So, you think it's gonna be mostly used like a TV with a few cool (but pretty useless) new features, except that the image quality will likely be worse (since it's a goddamned window), and much more expensive? Not to mention that most homes don't have windows positioned anywhere near the optimal viewing position for a large screen.

Sounds like exactly what I need for checking my flight schedule... Seriously, that's why we have smartphones, tablets, and the like. The only realistic application for this is businesses that want to look hyper-futuristic, maybe in museums, etc., but this will never make it into consumer's homes. Cf. Microsoft Surface, expect to "see one" (CGI) in the next James Bond movie.

Re:Vertical touch interface ??? (1)

dave420 (699308) | more than 2 years ago | (#38736150)

Put it in the kitchen and use it for showing recipes, online food shopping, Skype calls, watching TV on while cooking, quickly check emails, etc.. It's a good idea, even if you lack the imagination to see how others might put it to good use.

Re:Vertical touch interface ??? (4, Informative)

semi-extrinsic (1997002) | more than 2 years ago | (#38736398)

Sure, great ideas. My point is not that this is unusable, but that it's gonna be way too expensive for 99.9% of consumers to consider buying one. Especially since the use cases you mention are "this would be cool, kinda".

Now, to get a very optimistic (as in, low price) estimate of what this will cost: We add up 1 LCD screen of about 40 inches, 16 replacement Ipad digitizers from ebay, and an Atom-powered net-top to run the software and control everything. You end up with $500 for the screen + $800 for the digitizers + $200 for the net-top, or a total cost of $1500.

Note that this very optimistic estimate, assuming that everything scales linearly and that they are able to sell millions of these and get the same economics of scale as with LCD TVs, gives us an unbelievably expensive way to quickly check your email and watch TV while cooking. Particularly when you take into account that 99.9% of all consumers already own several devices that can do exactly these things. The question becomes "would you rather buy this, or would you buy three Ipads instead"? That is why this technology, while cool, will suffer the same fate as the Microsoft Surface.

Re:Vertical touch interface ??? (5, Insightful)

MrBandersnatch (544818) | more than 2 years ago | (#38736130)

10 minutes is an over-estimate - my research has found RTC fatigue occurs in as little as 2 minutes. Its funny how this mistake keeps being made over-and-over again...I speculate that it is due to a lack of serious research and the general prescriptions of avoiding fatigue, without understanding the full range of human capabilities, when designing Touch-UIs such as this.

Anyways yes, for very minimal interactions this concept is great - so much surface area is devoted to glass that I'm sure Samsung is going to have a massive product here, however I foresee the big interest in this being less to do with the interactivity, more with the transparency of the display. Imagine walking down the high street in 2025 and every shop front having animated displays which complement the internal displays. Imaging mirrors where you can try on different colours of make-up, hair shades, hair styles etc; add on some head tracking capabilities and there are some possibly fascinating AR applications.

The tech seems to be scaling up year by year and they appear to have improved the transparency (its was 40% (?) opaque in 2010) - really an exciting product. Cant wait for it to come on a roll ;)

Finally ? (1)

vikingpower (768921) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735374)

Are we finally getting the spaceship windows and flying cars we were promised for the 21st century ? Or are my hopes in vain ?

Re:Finally ? (0)

SeaFox (739806) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735574)

I highly recommend this t-shirt [threadless.com] for you. I have one myself.

Re:Finally ? (-1, Offtopic)

vikingpower (768921) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735620)

Thank you. I do not wear t-shirts, though, only shirts. Nor do I wear any clothes with lettering or images on them. Letters and images belong in books.

Re:Finally ? (0)

IrrepressibleMonkey (1045046) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735670)

Get yourself down the gym lad. Within a couple of months you'll be wearing t-shirts and wanting people to stare at your improved physique, trying to decipher the nerd-text on your chest. You can achieve your ideal you!

Re:Finally ? (1, Funny)

vikingpower (768921) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735762)

Thanks but no, thanks. Sport is for the proletariat.

Re:Finally ? (4, Funny)

kikito (971480) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735840)

"Sport is for the proletariat"

That one would look great on a Sports t-shirt.

Re:Finally ? (2)

vikingpower (768921) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735912)

Wearing it, however, would imply the wearer to be so much of a prolete that his being one would preclude him knowing about being one. So there would be one explicit and one implicit self-referential aspect to the t-shirt. Congrats with that intellectual achievement :-)

Re:Finally ? (1)

SeaFox (739806) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735838)

While I do wear shirts with letters and images on them, I can somewhat see where you are coming from. I don't wear shirts where the design is the corporate logo/name of the brand of apparel (Nike shirts), and have even taken to removing the large nameplate label from the back waistband of jeans I buy after purchase (rendering them much less brand identifiable).

Re:Finally ? (1)

vikingpower (768921) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735884)

Well, yes, it is the idea that clothing, as anything we use, should be functional; that function dictates form; and that "letters and images" pertain to neither function nor form, in clothing. A three-piece suit, expensive or not ( I have two of less than 150 € ), literally "suits" me well. Call me elitist ? Fine. Being elite also brings responsibilities with it, by which I stand.

Moreover, there are way too many letters and images around us, already. Going through the city where I live and work, I may not stop reading all day. Most of it ads. Which is bother- and tiresome.

Re:Finally ? (1)

semi-extrinsic (1997002) | more than 2 years ago | (#38736118)

I both agree and disagree with you.

I absolutely HATE most t-shirts people wear, particularly those with nonsensical sentences on them, either grammar- or content-wise. I mean, sometimes you'd think they even outsourced design to China... E.g. like this [wordpress.com] .

However, clever t-shirts that make me smile, think, or even giggle a little, can sometimes make my day. The shirt linked in great-grandparent I actually quite liked.

Re:Finally ? (1)

unkiereamus (1061340) | more than 2 years ago | (#38736134)

While I do wear shirts with letters and images on them, I can somewhat see where you are coming from. I don't wear shirts where the design is the corporate logo/name of the brand of apparel (Nike shirts), and have even taken to removing the large nameplate label from the back waistband of jeans I buy after purchase (rendering them much less brand identifiable).

Now me, I'll wear a t-shirt advertising for anyone, so long as it's free, if my clothing meets the minimum societal standards of modesty, what do I care?

I'll agree, though, that I'll be damned before I pay for the privilege of advertising for a company.

Re:Finally ? (1)

SeaFox (739806) | more than 2 years ago | (#38736280)

I'll agree, though, that I'll be damned before I pay for the privilege of advertising for a company.

Yup, and unfortunately most labels think you should.

Funny enough, I own one Abercrombie and Fitch shirt (a blue curdoroy shirt with quilted insulated lining I wear as a jacket) and one Gap label shirt (black wool over-shirt). These are the only two pieces of clothing I own from these types of brands, and I bought both shirts for less than $5 each... at the Goodwill store.

Foul Ball... (4, Interesting)

dmgxmichael (1219692) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735392)

Man, those stray baseballs from the backyard are going to get much more expensive... Oh who am I kidding - kids don't play ball anymore.

Re:Foul Ball... (2)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735572)

No kidding. I took my nine year old son and his 11 year old friend out to fly a kite yesterday. It wasn't good. They just wanted to get back to their DSs.

Wait, just so I understand (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38735400)

I'm supposed to sit down, face out a window, then do what I normally do on the computer?

DO NOT WANT

Increase Office Efficiency With "Cloud Window" (2)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735418)

These windows should look nice with this ceiling together: http://idle.slashdot.org/story/12/01/05/1517243/germans-increase-office-efficiency-with-cloud-ceiling [slashdot.org]

Perpetual good weather outside! I feel great, and work better!

I had to use a link to Slashdot, because Wikipedia Links are, like, so out, today.

Now my only problem is that I have to replace my broken windows often. Rocks get hurled through them, flaming Native American arrows get shot through them, and even I manage to damage them when plinking with great-great-granddaddy's 'ole Gatling.

Fix that for me, Samsung.

Re:Increase Office Efficiency With "Cloud Window" (2)

azalin (67640) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735520)

The solution is already there [wikipedia.org] and there [youtube.com]
Though I might want to recommend using the gatling not on the front porch that often.

Yo Dawg! (1)

SeaFox (739806) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735428)

I heard you want an interactive display on your wall!

So we put a display in on your windows, so you can see it while it's still transparent.
Now when its sunny you can see your Windows with your windows,
and your neighbors can see you see your display when it's night, but they can't see what you see.

Re:Yo Dawg! (2)

chromas (1085949) | more than 2 years ago | (#38736088)

We heard nobody liked Vistas but we put Windows in your windows so you can play flash games with your neighbors while you play Flash games with your 'Friends'. At least, until the cops show up: "This window has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down immediately!"

Mandatory Xzibit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38735448)

Yo Dawg we herd you liked Windows on your Computers, So we made your Windows into Computers, So now when you're on Windows you can actually see through the Windows!

Since they can't see the image.... (1)

deadtree9 (772882) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735502)

"Yes, your neighbors will talk."

Fapping to pr0n in front of an open window, I bet they will.

In pane blinds (1)

Neil Boekend (1854906) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735580)

These would be great with those blinds inside a double glass pane. The outside window should be simple glass, blinds in between and the inside window a screen. That way you can close the blinds and still see the window.
Also: this reminds me of IronMan.

They had this 10 years ago. (1)

locopuyo (1433631) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735610)

Okay maybe it was more like 5 years ago but I they had an entire house built out of LCD windows to show off the technology. Too lazy to search for a source, just saying this isn't new.

Re:They had this 10 years ago. (1)

bejiitas_wrath (825021) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735944)

What is the point of this? Sure, you could have one window as a giant TV screen, or you could connect it to your laptop and have it as a giant PC screen, but you would not write your thesis by tapping on the onscreen keyboard on your window. You could use this to make the window dark to block out the sun, like those welding filters that auto darken [ehow.com] when you spark up the welding arc. That would be very useful for north facing windows. That way you would save money on blinds, if you wanted something actually useful.

LOOK! (1)

VortexCortex (1117377) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735672)

"And from the outside you just like you are tapping your window as none of the graphics can be seen."

And from the submission you just like you are accidentally your sentence as one of the words can't be seen...

MSPA? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38735760)

Someone at Samsung reads MSPA.

Does it have rounded corners? (3, Funny)

pjabardo (977600) | more than 2 years ago | (#38736004)

If it has rounded corners apple has already invented the iWindow.

Re:Does it have rounded corners? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38736242)

If Apple did already invent the iWindow...frankly iDon'tCare because this is the coolest thing I've seen in tech for a LONG time. If they try to sue Samsung on this, I may sue them in return. This needs to be out in the market where it belongs. Screw Apple's abhorrent quest for tech domination...

Combine it with an e-ink display (2)

ThreeGigs (239452) | more than 2 years ago | (#38736210)

Make a tablet with this kind of screen in front of an e-ink display and you'd have the best of both worlds: crisp, clear text with long battery life, or full color.

your neighbors will talk (1)

clickety6 (141178) | more than 2 years ago | (#38736224)

. And from the outside you just like you are tapping your window as none of the graphics can be seen. Yes, your neighbors will talk"

They will indeed talk if you forget that the window is transparent from their side when you're "actively" watching porn on it!

Doubt it will work (5, Interesting)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | more than 2 years ago | (#38736354)

These devices look great in the movies but in daily life... well, there are a LOT of people who think tablets will take the place of computers, these thoughtful posts often being written on PC's has of course no bearing on their value...

The problem is that cost, convenience and usability, just don't measure up. Say I see an email I want to respond to on my window... do I then reply to it on the window? Try it, it isn't nearly as comfortable as it seems. Same with things like the weather, the amount of time really spend checking the weather is very very low and the TV which is already in the house is more then happy to report on it.

Your early morning routine just doesn't fit a dozen gadgets all begging for your attention. The people who have enough time to spend in the kitchen looking at their window can't afford it (the unemployed) and the people who can, have better things to do.

It as with the intelligent fridges that have been just around the corner for god knows how long now. People that do the shopping "mum's" are like the soviets, rather then spending a billion dollars creating a pen that works in zero gravity, they use a piece of paper and pencil and call it a shopping list. The early adopters who could afford the early models just don't do shopping that way.

These widgets all seem nice, as nice as when MS called it Active Desktop, which died. Then Vista something or other, which died and now in Windows 8 again, I am supposed to be looking at my desktop rather then at the program I have opened full screen obscuring it completely.

Even on a tech site such as this, I am fairly certain that 99% of you life in a house that is no more techie then that of your parents. For that matter, lights turned off by clapping, once the next tech, how many are still around?

Windows in houses are often the oddest sizes, go ahead, see if what happens if you break one of yours, almost certain a replacement has to be custom made to fit. They are often very large indeed, so that any tech window replacing them, is going to be highly expensive. Until they get within reach of the common geek software for them will be in short supply making them less usable and until companies start working together instead of fighting each other (wanna bet your Samsung Window conspires with your Philips dishwasher to kill off the iPhone?)

Once I specifically made sure I could watch shows like Beyond 2000. Back then I was young and hopeful. Now I am old and angry I just feel bitter that I still don't have my sex robot... eh flying car. I have come to realize that most of the World of the Future stuff just isn't practical.

I mean, a weather widget on a window? What is it going to tell me, what the weather looks like outside? I am not interested enough to pay for an expensive screen, the cost of installing it and for that matter getting up to check. I just look at the cat. sprawles on the kitchen floor (hot), on the window sill huddled up (okayish), buried with the wife in a pile of blankets on the bed (nice and brisk (ducks pillow thrown at him) sorry cold).

Passwords (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38736386)

Eventually you will want to login somewhere.
Onscreen keyboard ?
Transparent screen ?
Hello personal data!

Smudges (1)

radi0man (191807) | more than 2 years ago | (#38736522)

You probably wouldn't be able to see clearly through the window anymore after using the touchscreen display.

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