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Snowglobes are those things you buy from
tourist shops with models of e.g the Eiffel
Tower or the Parthenon inside. You shake
them and it sort of looks like it's
This would be liquid-
filled double glazing. Plastic 'snow' would
fall through the clear liquid to the bottom
pumped back up the the top through
a pipe running down the side of the
window panel. To imagine what it would
look like, think of one of those early films
where snow was applied as a special effect
during editing and it looks like a thin
sheet of snow is falling between you and
[Worldgineer, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]
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||If the snowflakes are made of extraordinarily lightweight material, maybe you could get by without the liquid. Aerogel flakes?
||Or maybe a slight flow of air (whatever gas is in the window) to keep the snowy bits aloft a bit longer.
||I somehow don't think this would fool anyone in Phoenix into believing that it's snowing, but it would be novel.
||It appears to be snowing in [hippo]'s house.
||Why on earth would I want heated liquid when it's over 90 degrees (F) out today?
||Maybe for use with triple glazed windows or perhaps just available as an add-on to windows...
||Up where I live, it's always very cold at Christmastime, but we don't get much snow at all then (wait til January). This would be great. (At first, I thought this was actually for a snowglobe, so it would just keep snowing.)
||In warm climates what about a thick double glazing with fish in it?
||Nevermind the pump, just pick your whole house up and shake it. Oh wait...
||Fun in earthquakes. Make it quadruple glazed, snow in
||Already done. This very thing was on "Monster House" (television program) on December 27th. The episode was called "Christmas House".
||It's funny, I remember now that this
isn't the idea I meant to post at all. The
idea I meant to post was:
Driving Rain Simulating
I like sitting
inside while driving rain drums against
the window. This idea is for special
double glazing with a small amount of
purified water inside the sealed unit
which can be made to run in torrents
down between the panes of glass and
then be pumped back up to the top.
The pump also drives a little thing
which drums against the window to
simulate the sound of rain.
||Other than the pounding effects, half-baked (link). I don't think we've done wind or hail.