No the title is not a typo - it should read window and not Windows. Samsung has a really off-the-wall, or should that be window, idea for bringing computing into new locations.
Why not create a transparent monitor and mount it as if it was a window pane?
The result is a window that acts as a touch sensitive screen. The suggestion is that you could install it in a kitchen and have a big TV screen plus a computer without having to give up any space to it.
If it sounds like a silly idea take a look at it in action:
During the day it uses natural light and by night it glows with the help of a fluorescent lamp. It is partly solar powered and it is is 22-inches at 168x105 pixels. Traditional LCDs only manage a 5% transparency but the new screen manages about 20% making it an effective but dim window.
I can't help but think about what the effect would be of having your data displayed in a window pane that the whole world could see from the other side. OK, the text would be mirror reversed but how hard is it to read mirror reversed writing?
Watching a movie might also become a rather public event, as would any recipes you cooked up. It might be a good idea to keep such a display for rooms with a very private view. And what about double glazing? And when a ball came through the window it would be a real disaster.
I like the simulated blinds however - but that's an expensive pair of blinds even if I can choose the color every day! A more extensive augmented reality display might just make it worthwhile. Imagine placing the Smart Window so that it looked out onto a view that was worth adding animated 3D prehistoric creatures to...
Google Code-in is a contest that introduces teenagers to the world of open source. It takes place entirely online and is open to students between 13 and 17. Now in its seventh year GCI runs until Janu [ ... ]