Samsung shows window-based touch screen PC

Glass windows are, let's face it, boring. They only bring in light into a home or office and, well, not much else. But what if you could turn your window into a touch screen PC? Now you're talking. In a new video from Samsung, the company showed a demo of such a concept product, the Transparent Smart Window, that was first shown at CES 2012 last week.

The video shows part of the product's demo presentation. The Transparent Smart Window could be used in, say, a kitchen window. The 46 inch LCD screen can be used by anyone in the kitchen to look up recipes for cooking. Users can also have the device do other PC tasks like checks stock prices or their Twitter account with the touch screen interface; it can even be used to watch television.

The cool thing about this device is that it is truly transparent. It still allows part of the sun to come through the window. In fact, the screen is partly powered by the sun which also makes it eco-friendly. If you feel it is too bright, the screen has a virtual shade that can come down and block all of the sun's rays. At night, the device gets light from its own sources.

This is still a prototype product from Samsung but we can certainly see the Transparent Smart Window being used right now in both the home and in business. Let's hope this concept turns into a real product in the near future.

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Anther good use for this would be say on an oven door window when you are cooking.

HEY WAIT A MINUTE...... Windows in a window? 0.o

djdanster said,
Anther good use for this would be say on an oven door window when you are cooking.

HEY WAIT A MINUTE...... Windows in a window? 0.o

Dreams in a dream....


This really could be useful all over the place. Medicine cabinets over the sink. You could read the news, weather, etc while getting ready for work in the morning. Semi transparent car windows for gauges though that could be argued to be unsafe.

Nice, makes it super easy for the burglars.

Apart from that, cool stuff, indeed.
I just don't see too much of a need...

The virtual shade feature is kicka**!

GS:mac

I would rather have a screen made of some form of conductive paint, or wall board panels.

I need more than a 46" screen in one or two rooms in my house, I need the whole damn house!

First it was the mobile phone use, that caused a lot of car accidents. Now it is going to be these Windows.

sweatshopking said,
oh man. if somebody smashes your window, you're going to be f'ing furious!

Gorilla glass. It's indestructible!

wonder what it looks like from the other side? can everyone simply read what you're up to from the other side?!

Mark said,
wonder what it looks like from the other side? can everyone simply read what you're up to from the other side?!

I usually close the curtains when I hit a pron site. Now what do I do.

UndergroundWire said,

I usually close the curtains when I hit a pron site. Now what do I do.

Mobile phone + Toilet

Mark said,
wonder what it looks like from the other side? can everyone simply read what you're up to from the other side?!
Well besides the fact that it would be mirrored (and often shown as such in movies)... ever heard of one way mirrors? The similar deal could be applied to a screen.

UndergroundWire said,

I usually close the curtains when I hit a pron site. Now what do I do.

Shift the curtains to the outside.

Mark said,
wonder what it looks like from the other side? can everyone simply read what you're up to from the other side?!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5rlTrdF5Cs
Its a one sided window like the one's they use in interrogation rooms. It has some special coating on the back, probably what gives the glass its frosted look, so people walking by will just see their reflection.

FMH said,

Shift the curtains to the outside.

Could get those shutters that I see everywhere in Germany that are build into the house and slide down giving you absolute privacy and darkness on the inside.

cybertimber2008 said,
Well besides the fact that it would be mirrored (and often shown as such in movies)... ever heard of one way mirrors? The similar deal could be applied to a screen.

Well according to this news report here http://youtu.be/m5rlTrdF5Cs this is actually the case for this Smart Window i.e. you can see through, but people on the other side cannot see you.