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Venetian Irises

Round Blinds
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OK... picture this.

A matrix of round "irises" approximately 2.5 inches in diameter, each capable of closing completely, mounted on a frame and attached in front of a window.

A series of mechanical linkages connect each iris to a single control rod that can be twisted for opening and closing each iris to allow light into the room.

Alternatively, a light sensor could be used to automate them to behave in a way similar to the human eye.

Now, if I can just figure out how to get my house to blink too. Hmmm...

zigness, Dec 29 2005

"I'm tellin ya, it just winked." http://z.about.com/.../0/H/8/AH-House.jpg
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Dec 29 2005]

Siberian iris http://members.cox....siberian%20iris.JPG
sorry, just showing off my pride and joy [dentworth, Dec 29 2005]

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       can you make them for square windows? +1
po, Dec 29 2005
  

       So, when 'open', the window simply has what appears to be a grid in front of it?
Ian Tindale, Dec 29 2005
  

       It would be a grid, but each square would have a circle in it as I have it imagined. However, I can picture a way to make it with four sides to the iris to maximize light... think four japanese fans -- one on each edge of the square as the iris component.
zigness, Dec 29 2005
  

       can you make an illustration?
dentworth, Dec 29 2005
  

       Damn. I thought I was going to be able to have my pupils modified to close in a horizontal or vertical manner.
normzone, Dec 29 2005
  

       until the words "human eye" I was getting all happy over the thought of pretty purple flowers all over my windows. (sigh)   

       I have pictures of those.
dentworth, Dec 29 2005
  
      
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