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Window Wipers

Windshield wipers but for your home.
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It's raining like hell right now and I can't see a damned thing outside the window cause its covered in a freakin' photon refracting array of water droplets, damnit!

So, install these handy wipers on your home or office windows and rid them of bent image. Watch mother nature's madness in full definition, kapow! Much better...

They would easily disassemble and hide away, as well. For aesthetics and all that. No self-respecting individual would want to be seen with these out during the dry season.

If only to see the oncoming tornado?

daseva, Apr 04 2011

Spin window (1) http://www.youtube....watch?v=YPVBnBK09OM
[mouseposture, Apr 04 2011]

Spin window (2) http://www.navysbir...3/navysb063-176.htm
[mouseposture, Apr 04 2011]

Black-Lit House Black-Lit_20House
About titanium dioxide on more than just windows. [Vernon, Apr 11 2011]

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       Motorized vehicles with windshields have them. Although technically those are windshield wipers.
rcarty, Apr 04 2011
  

       or better still, go to the highest point of your building, start rocking back and forth, and weeble- wobble your building to the nearest dry patch. (sorry codrakon, couldn't resist)
The_Saint, Apr 04 2011
  

       [+] A good automatic window cleaning device is something worth a lot of $$. It would presumably replace the guys hanging from buildings and looking into offices and bedrooms, and the end to an endless stream of movie scenes, where paint cans fall from heaven.   

       Also a highly required product for solar collectors installed on the roof.
pashute, Apr 04 2011
  

       I picture an 'air hockey' style apparatus for cleaning those, but that's not really gonna happen. How do they clean those things? A fair question I'd say.
daseva, Apr 04 2011
  

       A battery-powered puck which holds onto the windows and cleans them, both by static cling and repulsion; sounds neat.
FlyingToaster, Apr 04 2011
  

       Spin windows work better <link1> They're used for this purpose on the bridges of ships <link2>
mouseposture, Apr 04 2011
  

       A cheaper option might be to install an a layer on the glass that repels water on its own.   

       Also maybe it was a dream, but i think i remember Vernon saying there were compound which could be put in windows to kill spores and other materials that tend to hang out on windows. Again this might have been a dream.
bob, Apr 11 2011
  

       Vernon mentioned titanium dioxide in this context once. Unless I was having the same dream.
spidermother, Apr 11 2011
  

       Just use a magnetic fishtank cleaner.
Alterother, Apr 15 2011
  

       Who keeps magnetic fish?
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 15 2011
  

       Magnetic fish are actually easier to keep; a simple lump of iron prevents them from wandering off.
mouseposture, Apr 16 2011
  

       Oh, give me a home,
Where the win-roombas roam,
And the sights are exceedingly near!
  

       Where rain dare not stick,
On panes thin or thick,
And the windows are contin'ously clear!
  

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csea, Apr 16 2011
  

       Humor greatly appreciated, but I was actually being serious for once. They make these things that are like a sponge with magnet inside that goes on the inside of the tank, and a second part that looks kind of like a chalkboard eraser that goes on the outside. You hold the outside half and slide it around, and it drags the sponge around inside the tank, cleaning the algeae off of the glass. Easily repurposed for rain removal, I should think.
Alterother, Apr 17 2011
  

       Well, the problem with the sponge is that it works as long as the glass is submerged. But you won't be able to get a dry pane of glass with that technique, methinks. You'll have lots of streaks and that's part of what we're trying to avoid.
daseva, Apr 18 2011
  

       //magnet inside that goes on the inside of the tank, and a second part that looks kind of like a chalkboard eraser that goes on the outside.//   

       You could always reverse that and get the fish to do the outside of the tank. Then they could work their way up to doing a whole window...
not_morrison_rm, Apr 18 2011
  

       Okay, then, maybe a magnetic squeegee? It would eliminate the need for complicated levers or electric motors.
Alterother, Apr 25 2011
  
      
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