Are we living in the future yet? This transparent LCD makes us feel like it!

Posted on July 18, 2012 by casepops | 0 Comments

Have you ever thought, "Man, when will we ever get all those cool things we've been seeing in the movies? When will we start living in the future?" As a start-up focused on design and innovation, we certainly have. We're always thinking about the future, and finding inspiration in any outlet we can.

A world dominated by glowing touch screens, navigated by hand motions and simple gesture has been romanticized in nearly every sci-fi movie for decades. Yet, how many people do you know now, in 2012, that have ever laid eyes (let alone hands) on such technology? Did you ever think that maybe, just maybe, Tom Cruise went crazy because he got to experience the potential of this amazing future in Minority Report and then couldn't deal with the dullness of reality? All joking aside, we do certainly live "in the future" when compared to even as few as ten years ago. After all, nearly every person now carries a computer, music player, camera, Rolodex, and video game system (all in one!) on them everywhere they go.

[caption id="attachment_489" align="aligncenter" width="600"]When will we have touch screens like this? Casepops wants them now! When do I get to be like Tom Cruise?[/caption]

But, every so often a technology comes along that makes us go, "WHOA!" Every so often, a technology truly feels futuristic and forward-thinking. In 2007, it was the iPhone from Apple, the impact of which we discussed last week. Today, I want to highlight a technology that Casepops witnessed first-hand during the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show.

Samsung's Transparent Smart Window is something out of Minority Report, for sure. Encountering it while walking the floor of CES, we were drawn to it like flies to a porch light. It's just awesome. But don't take our word for it, check out this minute-long preview of the futuristic, transparent LCD technology.

How can you not be impressed by that? How can it not get your mind considering the possibilities for future applications? For those that didn't watch the video, Samsung has demonstrated a simple, intuitive interface that is built within a transparent touch-enabled glass "monitor." In this case, the glass serves as a normally functional window with the added functionality of a smart phone loaded with apps. It's funny, but I was actually most amazed by the "virtual blinds" more than any of the demonstrated apps. It's odd to think of the black color of an LCD being used to block out light, but it works! Would my parents jump for this new tech? Probably not. But, it's easy to see how this would appeal to the next generation of home owners who grew up on iPhones, apps, and always-on connectivity.

Casepops was impressed by the virtual blinds!

Obviously, we're excited for what the future holds. The rate at which technology changes is truly astounding. But, then again, the more things change, the more they stay the same. In the case of actually buying a brand new "Smart Window," the age-old threat of ball-playing neighborhood kids is only more apparent! Sam Biddle at Gizmodo sums it up nicely:

Just make sure your neighborhood baseball-slugging kids are at a safe distance when this thing arrives someday, or never.

What technology makes you go, "WOW!" and sends your mind dreaming of the future? Could you see yourself using something like this Smart Glass? Let us know in the comments below!

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