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Magnifying Windshield

Superimpose Distant Images
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Did you get the license plate number of that truck? Can you read what that sign up ahead says? If not, that's no problem. Just activate the magnifying windshield and see things as far as the horizon.

The windshield is made up of a dual-pane flexible polymer that can bend and contract in order to refract the images ahead of you. When the driver activates it using the handy-dandy lever on the center of the dash, he can dial in the magnification settings to his preference. The flexing of the panes is completely transparent to the driver except for the magnified view.

Jscotty, May 29 2009

Something like this ought to do the trick. http://www.guardian...glasses-josh-silver
[coprocephalous, May 29 2009]

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       The windshield can bend and contract in order to refract the images ahead of you.
Jscotty, May 29 2009
  

       Fixed.
Jscotty, May 29 2009
  

       I like this, it would be like the viewscreen on the Enterprise.
DIYMatt, May 29 2009
  

       //And that, I can say after a very extensive internet search, is most definitely not baked.//
And I can say, after a not-very extensive brain search, that it is. Anyone remember the spectacles that could be customised by filling or emptying the space between their lenses' hollow, flexible surfaces with a clear liquid?
coprocephalous, May 29 2009
  

       I'd be worried about using this on a sunny day - or leaving it parked and them coming back to find a smoking ruin - could this be a ploy by revenge motivated insects?
zen_tom, May 29 2009
  

       + better than putting on glasses!
xandram, May 29 2009
  

       Steven Wright did a bit on this - "Oh my God! Look at the size of that guy's head!"
nomocrow, May 29 2009
  

       The polymer would scratch quickly. That's why all windscreens have glass coatings.   

       Also, judging actual distance is pretty important to driving.
nomocrow, May 29 2009
  

       Or they very well could appear closer than they are.
Jscotty, Jun 01 2009
  
      
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