Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
h a l f b a k e r y
Renovating the wheel

idea: add, search, annotate, link, view, overview, recent, by name, random

meta: news, help, about, links, report a problem

account: browse anonymously, or get an account and write.



Programmable Home Windows

Customize the tint on windows with real pictures (The "windows" in your house, not your pc lol
  [vote for,

A double paned window with a clear sheet of pixels inserted between panes that is controlled by your home computer. may be very pricey but nice. from your computer you could ad a semi transparent tint or even scenery i.e mountains , green rolling hills, even the lavish lands of mars visible from your window. the way it works is you can set the transparency so that the scenery would be beautiful but still allow you to see through your window. you'd still have the option to add a grey tint or even black with no transparency and maybe block out some sunlight. at night you could set up a video to be played on the window of spring time with blooming flowers, or even a silent but rushing waterfall or underwater scene. it would be a one way video viewing system so your neighbors dont notice the swiss alps in your windows. you could configure this on big windows to even be a movie screen for your own private theatre. seeing this has many one sided pixels the image would be just as or better images than your computer screen. The default pictures it comes with would be mainly dark but peaceful colors for nighttime and afternoon usage. like a grey or light or dark greys. you could always turn it off and use your window like a normal window. tiny tiny wires and small clear pixels would make viewing the window normal possible. a remote comes standard with 10 custmoizable favorites buttons to set the mood anytime. what do you think? good idea? if any , post improvements to the window pixel 5000 lol
Slaith, Jan 31 2006

Smart Windows http://www.consumer...windows/future.html
Lower tech, but similar idea... [harp2812, Feb 01 2006]


       Transparent OLEDs were recently announced. Maybe your dream will come to reality.
bristolz, Jan 31 2006

       Mac os X !
xenzag, Jan 31 2006

       I did some googleing and asking my buddy jeeves and found no products or ideas like mine. Anyone have any ideas on how to make this better?
Slaith, Feb 01 2006

       What is the "mac os x" comment abou... oh never mind.   

       I forgot about the mac lusers.
bristolz, Feb 01 2006

       Cool idea, although the technical aspect is rather prohibitive at the moment. I've seen LCD windows, but they've always been an "all-or-nothing" approach (see link) 1-way patterned / pixeled LCD's (monitors) and 2-way solid gradients (smart windows) are easy enough, but 2-way pixels are fairly complicated. Bun for a sweet idea though!
harp2812, Feb 01 2006

       bristolz - the Mac os X comment means that this would be great if the computer controlling it was a Macintosh... otherwise the window might spend most of it's time displaying messages such as: error, download this patch, "Hi ! I'm Bill Gates and I can't understand why everyone thinks I'm such a dweeb, but I'm launching a new operating fab system called Foghorn soon..."   

       I love my Mac - we're having babies. (+ for original idea, by the way Slaith)
xenzag, Feb 01 2006

       In a world without walls or fences, who needs windows or gates?
Cuit_au_Four, Feb 01 2006

       //In a world without walls or fences// In a world without walls, think twice before taking a shower.
coprocephalous, Feb 01 2006

       There are windows that turn opaque when a current is applied (as seen on Grand Designs). You could easily make one that revealed an image when turned on, or maybe even a series of images showing a simple animation
simonj, Feb 22 2012

       //There are windows that turn opaque when a current is applied //
As a fail-safe anti-embarrassment feature, I think they turn transparent when a current is applied.

//You could easily make one that revealed an image when turned on, or maybe even a series of images showing a simple animation// These can be seen in some retail display cases.
AbsintheWithoutLeave, Feb 29 2012


back: main index

business  computer  culture  fashion  food  halfbakery  home  other  product  public  science  sport  vehicle