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Windows that Double as LCD Monitors

CmdrTaco posted more than 10 years ago | from the everything-should-be-multi-purpose dept.

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Mynister writes "The AP has a story about the windows of the future they can go from clear to opaque and the can also act as an LCD TV or Computer Monitor. They accomplish it by placing a LCD Screen over the window and embed the speakers in the frame."

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WIll these new windows BSOD? (1, Funny)

bluethundr (562578) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989350)

The AP has a story about the windows of the future they can go from clear to opaque and the can also act as an LCD TV or Computer Monitor.

Does Bill Gates know about this development? I smell a lawsuit...

LCD Monitors are gay (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7989352)

Why not use something a little less gay?

CRTs, maybe?

Erection. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7989354)

I live in Japan and like to hold erections.

Future? (4, Funny)

Malicious (567158) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989359)

If they already have them, wouldn't that make them the windows of the Now?

Further, can they legally call them the 'W' word?

Re:Future? (2, Funny)

Orion442 (739483) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989544)

"an opening especially in the wall of a building for admission of light and air that is usually closed by casements or sashes containing transparent material (as glass) and capable of being opened and shut" seems a bit wordy

Re:Future? (2, Interesting)

Levvie (680828) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989590)

I've seen them like 12 years ago in "the house of the future" in Brussels, toghether with an induction cooker, 56K internet, a self-filling fridge and a house with domotica lighting, fully handled by a pc. Still I remember the tour-guide telling us the window-blurring was done using the same technology used for display panels on measuring equipment and calculators, lcd.

Seems that not everything is being developed at the same speed. Interesting to notice a project like 'living tomorrow' is more likely to show you a combination of living tomorrow, next week, year, decade, ... .

in glass houses . . . (1)

GnrlFajita (732246) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989361)

My wife, the architect, has been saying for years that they needed to make some of these. Of course, it'll be a while before these come down to a reasonable price, but when they do -- well, I think a hearty w00t is appropriate here!

Ah, to be able to kick back in the den on a summer's evening, watching the sun sink slowly below the horizon, and then *CLICK* Matrix Re-re-re-reloaded, without even having to move my eyeballs!

Re:in glass houses . . . (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7989513)

You'd be amazed at what your wife, the architecht, was telling me she needed last night.

Re:in glass houses . . . (4, Interesting)

MikeXpop (614167) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989520)

Ah, to be able to kick back in the den on a summer's evening, watching the sun sink slowly below the horizon, and then *CLICK* Matrix Re-re-re-reloaded, without even having to move my eyeballs!
That would look very strange from the outside. And even if they somehow make this one-way, that would be quite creepy seeing a whole family stare out a window. I won't even mention pr0n.

Engaging in floor bugle? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7989363)

The engaging in
floor bugle where I do not receive
that the taco are homo

Us permit the fact that you sigh the loss of entirely large goatse

save goatse!

FP (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7989367)

FP for Washington University is ON TEH SPOKE!!!!!

Goatse update: 2000 GMT (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7989376)

This is the woman [training.edu.cx] who filed the complaint [www.nic.cx] against goatse.cx [goat.cx].

More details will be posted as we get them.
Be strong, trolls, be strong.

Re:Goatse update: 2000 GMT (-1, Offtopic)

October_30th (531777) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989448)

Are you sure? How would you feel if she turned out to be a wrong person - with 500+ hate-mails in her folder next morning?

Re:Goatse update: 2000 GMT (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7989552)

Read the complaint, Sherlock. It has her email address right on it.

Once, again, slashdot scooped by metafilter! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7989555)

Metafilter scoops slashdot on the revocation of goatse's registration. [metafilter.com]

The complaint was filed by on Rhonda Clarke [training.edu.cx], an Office Manager for the Indian Ocean Group Training Association .

Online petition to reinstate goatse.cx [petitiononline.com] In these dark times, we can still access the internet archive of goatse.cx [archive.org]

I'm sure slashdot'll have numerous dupes of this story in six to ten days...

Re:Goatse update: 2000 GMT (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7989570)

Hate mails??? More like a medal of honor!

a fusion-powered backlight (4, Interesting)

Schlemphfer (556732) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989395)

This is basically an LCD monitor, using the sun instead of a backlight. Brings a new meaning to Microsoft's "Windows Everywhere" ads.

Re:a fusion-powered backlight (1)

El (94934) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989431)

How well does using the sun as a backlight work on moonless nights? Don't you need another light source as a backup?

Re:a fusion-powered backlight (1)

nametaken (610866) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989604)

These guys should team up with the guys from the recently-reported-on lcd speaker that makes sound by stretching a film over the display. Better than hiding the speakers in the border. And maybe the film can act as a draft barrier.

Useful for me... (3, Funny)

kneecarrot (646291) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989398)

I would love it if I could flip a switch and my window would show an image instead of me being able to see my "generously-proportioned" neighbour empty his garbage in the nude. Yes, yes... I know I could also use curtains... but that's so low-tech!

Sweet! (1)

Stile 65 (722451) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989400)

Reminds me of the translucent displays in "Minority Report" and other futuristic movies. The future is now!

Can you hack them? (5, Funny)

MrDigital (741552) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989404)

Ahh, imagine the world of that hot girl you live beside undressing behind her opaque window and you change it to transparent.

Glorious!

Re:Can you hack them? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7989620)

Surely special programs will be written to display females undressing for those less fortunate. Actually, there could be many interesting things to view. Scare grandma with a plane crashing into the house.

what the hell??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7989405)

does EVERY post have to bash microsoft? get over it they suck we know...

Re:what the hell??? (1)

Merlyn MacGreine (739209) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989526)

does EVERY post have to bash microsoft? get over it they suck we know...

Nyeh... I don't think they all need to, but I don't see why they shouldn't if they can.

9th Grade shop class... (2, Interesting)

thoolie (442789) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989411)

I remember when I was in 9th grade shop class. They were showing a video made in 1989. It was showcasing all of the great things about the future and what it would bring. One was this magic box that would let you order online plane tickets and the such. The other was a window that would turn opaque when a current was brought through it. And to think, it only took 15 years for this to go from "MAGIC TV LAND" to reality!

Re:9th Grade shop class... (1)

JonTurner (178845) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989623)

>>...a window that would turn opaque when a current was brought through it.

And that would be different from 1970s-era LCD technology, in what way?

>>And to think, it only took 15 years for this to go from "MAGIC TV LAND" to reality!

The Marketing Weasels were a little preoccupied during the dot-bomb era convincing retailers that yes, indeed, people really do want to buy cat litter and doggie kibbles via a web site. Cut 'em some slack... they'll get back to real-world problems eventually.

Re:9th Grade shop class... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7989656)

That's a fucking fantastic recap of your 9th grade shop class. We are all better off for having read it.

Windows that change opacity (3, Interesting)

daviddennis (10926) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989413)

This seems pretty cool to me.

I just bought a house, and it has a beautiful living room with windows on each side. I like it because I can soak in the view from the windows. But I don't like it because the light from the windows can completely overwhelm the brightness of my screen.

It would be very cool to have my window turn partially transparent so I could still enjoy the view but not have it overwhelm the screen. Very cool idea.

Anyone know how much this costs?

D

Hmm... (1, Funny)

locutus_borg (36786) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989414)

So instead of windows crashing.. does that mean it windows will shatter instead?
*Sorry bad joke but it had to be made!

Opaque? (1)

nytes (231372) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989426)

With a flip of the switch the glass panes around the front door switch from clear, left, to opaque

From the photo, I wouldn't call that "opaque". Maybe "translucent" would be the better word.

The last thing... (2, Funny)

addie (470476) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989428)

that most computer users need is to block out more of the outside world.

I recommend a window BESIDE your monitor.

Perfect for business presentations (1)

LordKazan (558383) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989432)

Instead of wasting wall space on projector/screen pair just have the windows switch to Opaque CRT mode and feed them the feed of your power point, video, or what ever.

Re:Perfect for business presentations (1)

The One KEA (707661) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989451)

Yeah, but this won't be any good for interior rooms, unless the building designers don't care about having a window between the corridor and the conference room.

A potential problem... (1)

crispy1083 (636320) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989433)

Ever had that experience with the neighbors who never close their windows when they're being intimate? What happens now when we have neighbors who don't realize their pornography is displayed right on their windows?

Well it's not Guiness... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7989434)

Clever, but why?

No one's going to want these in their house. Maybe I can think of some industrial applications. But even then one would probably wish them to be see through. It's a personal jetpack equivalent for the exceptionally sedintary at best.

FBI warning (5, Insightful)

Metryq (716104) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989435)

Great, so everyone outside will be able to see what you're looking at on your computer (in reverse of course). The FBI warning on videotapes and DVDs states that the program is only for private home use. Will playing a movie on one of these window/screens be a violation? :)

Re:FBI warning (2, Informative)

John Courtland (585609) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989657)

Have you ever tried to look at a non-backlit LCD panel? You can't really see anything. I think that if the internal lights to the home were off (like during a movie) there wouldn't be much of a problem with external viewing.

Windows? (1)

rjelks (635588) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989438)

When I read "Windows of the Future" I thought they were talking about Linux. Nevermind. -

nothankyou. (1)

wervr (712696) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989443)

I don't want the entire neighborhood seeing what sort of fetish pron I indulge in.

Obligatory ST reference (1)

scarolan (644274) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989444)

So when I say 'on screen' will my living room window show the bridge of the Klingon warship orbiting the planet?

Cute (1)

Flwyd (607088) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989447)

"I was channel flipping, and all of a sudden I saw this awesome car drive down the street!"

Would people outside be able to see what you're watching? (In reverse, natch.)

"I love my translucent windows in MacOS X; now I can watch the grass grow while I surf the web!"

Yay! (1)

Wireless Joe (604314) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989449)


Looks like it will always be a sunny day at my house! And I can look into getting a condo without having to worry about the view. At least this seems like a lot less work than this. [slashdot.org]

Just to piss my neighbors off.. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7989457)

Just to piss my neighbors off, I'm going to visit goatse.cx and close the curtains so I don't have to see it.

not anymore (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7989622)

goatse.cx is shutdown

what an amazing idea (1)

TwistedGreen (80055) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989459)

They accomplish it by placing a LCD Screen over the window and embed the speakers in the frame.

Wow, now that's innovation.

Next.

Heh. (1)

American AC in Paris (230456) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989461)

"...hey, Bob, what's the weather like out there?" *snicker*

"Well, it's a little cloudy, looks like it might..."

*tikkita tappity*
. o O ( ...o - a - t - s - e - dot - c - x...)
*takka TAK!*

"AAAAAaaaaugh!"

Re:Heh. (1)

The One KEA (707661) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989502)

1. Install window in boardroom
2. Call board meeting
3. Chairman starts presentation
4. Goatse appears
5. Chairman is fired
6. Profit!

Windows on my windows? (0)

maxdamage (615250) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989470)

er... so then we will have windows on our windows, also the windows operating system. So we could have windows on our windows desktop, which is on our windows. Im confusing myself

Slack on. (2, Interesting)

m_chan (95943) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989472)

I need one of these magic windows on the door to my office. It could run a video of myself, appearing to be sitting at my desk coding feverishly when I am actually sitting at my desk posting to stuffy matter news sites. Oh wait. What did I need the magic window for?

Window screensavers (0)

Igloodude (710950) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989475)

The market for screensavers will skyrocket - instead of seeing the cruddy building across the street, you can now see a tropical panorama or whatever else makes you feel like you're living in the middle of some asphalt jungle. Sell your stock in curtains and shades manufacturers before this arrives to a store near you, though.

Old tech (2, Informative)

jkabbe (631234) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989477)

Maybe the technology is better now but this is at least a decade old. I can't wait until they get this cheap enough for "normal people" to have them in their house though.

Broken windows (1)

iacyclone (180583) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989487)

I can see it now. My kid throws a ball that breaks the window and now it will cost me thousands of dollars instead of hundreds to fix it.

I swear I'm watching TV... (5, Funny)

hoggoth (414195) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989491)

"Are you staring at our neighbor's teenage daughter sunbathing again, you pervert?!"
"No, I swear I'm watching TV..."

Who Owns the Windows(tm) Trademark Now? (1)

FreeUser (11483) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989499)

So, when every Window is a computer monitor / tv / sterio capable of displaying the latest high-resolution mars photos and OSX/KDE/gnome desktop (or Windows desktop for those less advantaged), who retains the trademark on Windows(tm).

Microsoft, or Anderson? :-)

Or do we all now have to start calling our windows "glass enclosures" on pain of lawsuit?

Re:Who Owns the Windows(tm) Trademark Now? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7989576)

don't you mean pane of lawsuit ;)
Ok, it sounded funnier in my head.

Too much technology (1)

Mieckowski (741243) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989500)

This reminds me of what Bill Gates did with his house, substituting LCD monitors for paintings. While customized lighting is cool, how many people are going to pay even $100 extra for a window that becomes opaque when blinds just work. If I remember correctly, Gates had a whole pile of the technology removed from his house because it was too much of a nuisance.

Re:Too much technology (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7989642)

So, you don't have a wife that likes replacing the blinds I take it? If it were $100 per window, I'd have more of these in my house then I'd want to use ... and them think of using them for changing background scenery!

I want a corner office! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7989501)

Just another reason to shoot for that corner office with all the windows eh? (But install blinds or drapes on the outside if you want to view pr0n.) Using them all as monitors would really give my mouse arm a real geek work-out.

Perfekt (1)

Dracolytch (714699) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989509)

Sounds great... Now I can go out and get that new bay window/monitor I've always wanted. Not only is the thing 65", but the neighbors can see when I'm surfing p0rn.

~D

Broken Windows == Broken Windows (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7989512)

If I had a rock when I used Windows, BSOD's would be expensive.

temperature fluctuations (1)

jstave (734089) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989514)

I wonder what effect temperatures of >100f or 0f will have on these things. Especially cold, with the attendant water/frost condensation.

Opaque LCD windows (3, Informative)

soapbox (695743) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989517)

For about a decade there has been the technology that allowed office windows to go opaque by using LCD sheets between the panes and a low-voltage current to dim or darken them. The Soviets/Russians developed this idea a long time ago but had little use for it, and after 1991, neither did we...

Now if they'd just give me an office with a window, I could have that nice view of Standing Indian Mountain I've always wanted...

Weather? (1)

glpierce (731733) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989518)

Will -20 degree days (like most of the northeastern US is having today), or 105 degree+ days in direct sunlight damage them? How about having a radiator right below it (my parents' house has most of its heating system just below windows)? Ah, and lets not forget dog saliva and claw scratches.

New TV's (1)

mfisher (741405) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989524)

Does anyone else see that all this new tech is just contibuting to porn?? I think all these inventors just want to get there rocks off!

Windows? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7989536)

First of all, I would like to Thank Bill Gates for bringing the stable and ultra reliable operating system and PC to the masses.

I want to know, how can Windows, as good as it is, double up as an LCD display?

Real meaning for wallpaper and screensavers? (1)

FerretFrottage (714136) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989546)

Makes me think that one could have some pretty racy screensavers and wallpaper. Actually could be really cool for party decorations and holidays.
Would also be cool if you put up a divx/mp2 of some Ron Jermey film for all the neighbors and potential home buyers in the area to see as they drive by. Bet you get a few wives coming over to sell the girl scout cookies.

google 'news' overtaken buy corepirate nazis? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7989558)

maybe it just reads that way for now?

seemed like they had an even spread just a few short months agoo.

mynuts won: not stuff that matters/we don't care?

who needs a fancIEr monitor (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7989627)

with only won thing to look at.

yikes. i mean yuk? i mean pheWWW

if i read won more storIE about gw butchIE boy, i'm going to rejoin the ncp, & ppr initiatives, & suggest some of y'all holdouts re-think your owned status.

Bye Bye Curtains (2, Interesting)

MissMarvel (723385) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989562)

And venitian blinds. Window coverings will automatically appear with the flip of a switch. I wonder how efficent these new windows are with regards to heat-loss.

Imagine the possibilities (1)

Biff Stu (654099) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989564)

What would be cool is to leave most of the window transparent and add a few images to spice up your backyard. Want to add a shade tree? Go for it!

Want to add something iteresting under the tree? Put a picture of Newton under the tree and have it drop an apple on his head once in a while. Too geeky? How about a nude model sunbathing...

So when they get broken... (2, Insightful)

LordK2002 (672528) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989568)

...you're paying thousands or tens of thousands for a new pane of glass, rather than a few quid.

That will make the local vandals happy.

K

The question that all has been waiting for... (0)

rayamor (245814) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989574)

Ahhh... yes, the question that everyone wants the answer to... Does it run linux?

Never Happen (4, Funny)

overshoot (39700) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989577)

Microsoft will sue them for trademark violation -- after all, it's "Windows" in the context of a computer display.

Free houses (1)

Orion442 (739483) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989599)

Anyone else see it? You get a free house, or some other incentive, paid for by advertisements displayed in your windows both inside and out. Its the ULTIMATE Tivo work-around for the advertisement industry.

I always complain... (1)

ArmenTanzarian (210418) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989621)

With child obesity on the rise, we're now scaring them with the idea that that baseball through Old Man Peterson's window is going to cost them several thousand dollars. They'll never leave the house. I'm not a kid, but I am a klutz.

Also, these windows would have to be ridiculously insulated. I mean insulated electrically and from changes in temperature. It wouldn't be any good for there to be condensation on your screen (for picture quality) and without proper electrical insulation, that could mean a nasty shock (ugh..) for some homeowners.

Windows windows? (0, Redundant)

dema (103780) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989648)

So if the windows are running Windows and Windows crashes will the windows break?

I'm sorry, I had to say it ):

Bad invention? (1)

samsmithnz (702471) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989649)

Theres so many things wrong with this invention. First you can't watch television during the day, not without lowing the blind, which defeats the purpose of the window all togeather, it might as well be on the wall so that natural light can come in. Can you see the tv from the other side?... backwards? Does this mean people can see what you're watching? Can you open the window once its there? You probably don't even want to touch it its so expensive. and wait until the neighbour's kid hits a baseball through this one. It won't be a simple matter of finding $50, he'll need 50K! I prefer my tv on the wall, not in the window. The only good thing about this invention is that the screen is so thin... but is it? or is it just transparent...

Overkill (1)

agslashdot (574098) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989652)

From the article -
We're a multitasking species. We want to do everything in every room," Plautz said. "We should expect our windows to do the same."

Really ? Do we really do everything in every room? Where does Plautz poop, for instance ? In his bedroom ?

Old Adage (0)

Pizzop (605441) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989661)

Well, there goes the old phrase "If you live in a glass house, don't walk around naked" Just hope it doesn't crash and go transparent when you are doing what-ever-you-are-doing-naked

Total Recall movie clip (1)

sckeener (137243) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989663)

Ah inventions from movies....

Now instead of looking out the window or wall, I can have breakfast at the beach!

I guess the next thing they'll come out with is fingernail polish that changes with a click.

how about the other side (1)

pvt_medic (715692) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989667)

What would people see on the other side. Would they just get like a white image, would they be able to see what you are looking at.

or with the way ads are going now a-days would you see a commercial for some new and improved product on the backside.

augmented reality (1)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989673)

Okay, so you've got your window/display, and there's a camera on the outside showing what's going on outside.

You tap the part of the display that corresponds to the sky, and you get the weather report. Or you tap the part that is displaying the street, and you get a traffic report. You tap your neighbor's house, and it gives you their name(s), phone number(s), whatever info you have on them on your computer. Could be interesting.

if the spammers take control of these windows ... (2, Insightful)

peter303 (12292) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989678)

Imagine seeing unsolicited advertised around you house all the time!

Maybe for an internal window (1)

rcastro0 (241450) | more than 10 years ago | (#7989683)

Maybe this "window turns TV/monitor" thing can be feasible for an internal window (e.g. between rooms). But I just can't believe it will ever be able to show a well balanced color image (photo/video) both when it's night and clear day outside. Neither projection TVs nor Plasmas are able to display a good "black color".
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