Can a Window be an iPad?
About a year ago, we highlighted a Corning video entitled "A Day Made of Glass" and asked the question, Will You Sell Touchscreen Windows and Door? It turned out to be one of the most viewed pages of our website last year.
So when someone told me about another video, a demonstration of Samsung's Transparent Smart Window from the 2012 Consumer Electronic Show, I decided I had to share it here as well. I don't know what kind of timeline Samsung imagines for the introduction of such a product, but the company is already promoting the concept of transparent LCD displays to the OEM market.
Given the similar subject matter of the videos, I thought I'd ask the same poll question we asked last year and see if opinions are changing. When do you see this coming to our industry? Take our poll below and, of course, I'd like to hear your thoughts on the subject. Post a comment and tell us, if you could turn part of a door or window into an iPad, where would you put it? And if they don't want a fully-functioning computer, what functions would your customers want?
Survey Results as of 02/24/2012:
How long before touchscreen glass technology moves to building product applications?
5 Years or Less
5 to 10 Years
10 to 20 Years
More than 20 Years
I heard from quite a few people who thought the Samsung system was interesting, but just how exactly the technology might be linked with windows and doors remains a bit of a mystery to many. Three challenges face such products, one reader wrote. "Durability, durability and durability."
Still, our poll results suggest the industry is starting to see the idea of touchscreen controls as a possibility. A year ago, 34 percent of our respondents said such technology would make its way into building product applications within five years. This year, that figure is up to 39 percent. Perhaps the more telling change is in the decrease of those predicting it will be more than 20 years before we start seeing these types of products in the real world. That figure now stands at 7 percent. It was 23 percent a year ago.