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Samsung Reinvents Windows (Not the OS) With Touchscreen Display 227

An anonymous reader writes "If you want a large, interactive display on your wall, typically you have to make space for it by moving any pictures out of the way, and finding room next to any shelves or lighting you have installed. Samsung's idea is to remove that problem by creating a transparent display that replaces an actual window, or at least sit over the top of one. The display uses ambient light during the day and then can switch over to a more traditional black background as a night time mode. If you want to shut the daylight out it has virtual blinds you can draw to help darken a room. And from the outside you just like you are tapping your window as none of the graphics can be seen. Yes, your neighbors will talk."
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Samsung Reinvents Windows (Not the OS) With Touchscreen Display

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  • by SpaghettiPattern ( 609814 ) on Wednesday January 18, 2012 @03:16AM (#38735246)
    Wouldn't be surprised if a Samsung Window would eventually be cheaper than a real window. Where I live that might be the case anyway.
  • by MrEricSir ( 398214 ) on Wednesday January 18, 2012 @03:17AM (#38735266) Homepage

    I'll finally be able to see the dust in the back corner of my cubicle!

    • Re:Wow! (Score:4, Informative)

      by justforgetme ( 1814588 ) on Wednesday January 18, 2012 @07:09AM (#38736264) Homepage

      OMG I had to scroll down 200 "the widget is copied from apple" comments to find a poster actually focusing on the subject! Event if it is an ill fated attempt at being funny.

      Anyway. what I can't get my head around is that:
      If it's working as they say why are they only showing one side of the screen and at that have the screen pointed into a light box with a printed 3D environment wallpaper.

  • Are we finally getting the spaceship windows and flying cars we were promised for the 21st century ? Or are my hopes in vain ?
    • Guess you can't please everyone. At least window shade tv's are pretty much right on schedule according to Back to the Future part II...come to think of it, where's my hoverboard?
  • Foul Ball... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by dmgxmichael ( 1219692 ) on Wednesday January 18, 2012 @03:43AM (#38735392) Homepage

    Man, those stray baseballs from the backyard are going to get much more expensive... Oh who am I kidding - kids don't play ball anymore.

  • These windows should look nice with this ceiling together: []

    Perpetual good weather outside! I feel great, and work better!

    I had to use a link to Slashdot, because Wikipedia Links are, like, so out, today.

    Now my only problem is that I have to replace my broken windows often. Rocks get hurled through them, flaming Native American arrows get shot through them, and even I manage to damage them when plinking with great-great-granddaddy's 'ole Gatling.

    Fix that for me, Samsung.

    • by azalin ( 67640 )
      The solution is already there [] and there []
      Though I might want to recommend using the gatling not on the front porch that often.
  • I heard you want an interactive display on your wall!

    So we put a display in on your windows, so you can see it while it's still transparent.
    Now when its sunny you can see your Windows with your windows,
    and your neighbors can see you see your display when it's night, but they can't see what you see.

    • We heard nobody liked Vistas but we put Windows in your windows so you can play flash games with your neighbors while you play Flash games with your 'Friends'. At least, until the cops show up: "This window has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down immediately!"
  • Microsoft sues Samsung for Windows patent infringement
    • > Microsoft sues Samsung for Windows patent infringement

      ...completely undeterred by their unsuccessful suit against Jeld-Wen.

  • These would be great with those blinds inside a double glass pane. The outside window should be simple glass, blinds in between and the inside window a screen. That way you can close the blinds and still see the window.
    Also: this reminds me of IronMan.
  • "And from the outside you just like you are tapping your window as none of the graphics can be seen."

    And from the submission you just like you are accidentally your sentence as one of the words can't be seen...

  • The only window I have that small in my apartment is in the Bathroom
  • by pjabardo ( 977600 ) on Wednesday January 18, 2012 @06:07AM (#38736004)
    If it has rounded corners apple has already invented the iWindow.
    • Yeah but Marty McFly is going to sue Apple before they can even add this to their legal team's inbox. They had these in Back to the Future part II...come to think of it, they're pretty much right on schedule with "tv shades". If only the same were true of they flying cars and hoverboards...
  • by ThreeGigs ( 239452 ) on Wednesday January 18, 2012 @06:57AM (#38736210)

    Make a tablet with this kind of screen in front of an e-ink display and you'd have the best of both worlds: crisp, clear text with long battery life, or full color.

  • . And from the outside you just like you are tapping your window as none of the graphics can be seen. Yes, your neighbors will talk"

    They will indeed talk if you forget that the window is transparent from their side when you're "actively" watching porn on it!

  • Doubt it will work (Score:5, Interesting)

    by SmallFurryCreature ( 593017 ) on Wednesday January 18, 2012 @07:29AM (#38736354) Journal

    These devices look great in the movies but in daily life... well, there are a LOT of people who think tablets will take the place of computers, these thoughtful posts often being written on PC's has of course no bearing on their value...

    The problem is that cost, convenience and usability, just don't measure up. Say I see an email I want to respond to on my window... do I then reply to it on the window? Try it, it isn't nearly as comfortable as it seems. Same with things like the weather, the amount of time really spend checking the weather is very very low and the TV which is already in the house is more then happy to report on it.

    Your early morning routine just doesn't fit a dozen gadgets all begging for your attention. The people who have enough time to spend in the kitchen looking at their window can't afford it (the unemployed) and the people who can, have better things to do.

    It as with the intelligent fridges that have been just around the corner for god knows how long now. People that do the shopping "mum's" are like the soviets, rather then spending a billion dollars creating a pen that works in zero gravity, they use a piece of paper and pencil and call it a shopping list. The early adopters who could afford the early models just don't do shopping that way.

    These widgets all seem nice, as nice as when MS called it Active Desktop, which died. Then Vista something or other, which died and now in Windows 8 again, I am supposed to be looking at my desktop rather then at the program I have opened full screen obscuring it completely.

    Even on a tech site such as this, I am fairly certain that 99% of you life in a house that is no more techie then that of your parents. For that matter, lights turned off by clapping, once the next tech, how many are still around?

    Windows in houses are often the oddest sizes, go ahead, see if what happens if you break one of yours, almost certain a replacement has to be custom made to fit. They are often very large indeed, so that any tech window replacing them, is going to be highly expensive. Until they get within reach of the common geek software for them will be in short supply making them less usable and until companies start working together instead of fighting each other (wanna bet your Samsung Window conspires with your Philips dishwasher to kill off the iPhone?)

    Once I specifically made sure I could watch shows like Beyond 2000. Back then I was young and hopeful. Now I am old and angry I just feel bitter that I still don't have my sex robot... eh flying car. I have come to realize that most of the World of the Future stuff just isn't practical.

    I mean, a weather widget on a window? What is it going to tell me, what the weather looks like outside? I am not interested enough to pay for an expensive screen, the cost of installing it and for that matter getting up to check. I just look at the cat. sprawles on the kitchen floor (hot), on the window sill huddled up (okayish), buried with the wife in a pile of blankets on the bed (nice and brisk (ducks pillow thrown at him) sorry cold).

    • by Lumpy ( 12016 )

      "well, there are a LOT of people who think tablets will take the place of computers, "

      I certainly do, I've been a tablet user since the 90's and Tablets are the way of the future if OS makers get off their asses and actually make things work well. Apple is the FIRST to do so with their iPad.

      My current favorite is my trusty Fujitsu Stylistic 5022 from 2006 It still has better specs than any of the current toy tablets from apple and the android flavors yet runs Linux (I abandoned windows as it's just too

  • "And from the outside you just like you are tapping your window as none of the graphics can be seen. "

    I have no idea what the heck this says.

  • Now they just need to resize this down, integrate it into a telephone and you have Tony Stark's see-thru smartphone from Iron Man 2! Cool ;)
  • like cleaning windows of smudge marks.
  • by Rambo Tribble ( 1273454 ) on Wednesday January 18, 2012 @10:38AM (#38737694) Homepage
    ... if, instead of just appearing to be a window from the outside, you could project scenes of your own choosing to the outside world. The possibilities for mischief tantalize.
  • by paiute ( 550198 ) on Wednesday January 18, 2012 @10:55AM (#38737928)
    I know that a big translucent touch sensitive screen floating in the room is visually stunning, but has anyone thought of the consequences of having to use one for any long period? Waving your arms around and having your arm elevated for longer than a few seconds is hard on the shoulders.
  • by roc97007 ( 608802 ) on Wednesday January 18, 2012 @12:34PM (#38739120) Journal

    My daughter is currently in an urban design class. She has severe dyslexia so I read the materials to her, which gives me some familiarity with all her classes. The architects featured in this class seem to be most concerned about the usefulness of the perimeter of buildings, wanting us to abandon flat featureless walls for the porches and doors and windows -- permeability, they called it -- that were popular before WWII. Although I disagree with some of their philosophies, (I am violently opposed to brutalism, for instance) I agree with this.

    So a horror slideshow from their standpoint would be commercial and private buildings with utterly blank walls that end flatly against the property, isolating the residents inside and making the space outside useless except for traveling away from the hulking building. And sadly, there are many examples of that, both for commercial businesses and for private residences.

    It occurs to me that technology like this would make that type of design even more likely. If you could put a "window" anywhere, showing any type of scene, what do you care what's actually outside? [1] I know, you can sit this on top of a real window, but I wonder how often that will be done in real life? In an age where all the up and coming adults have been trained since grade school to live with ear buds inserted and head lowered to a 4" display, what chance do us old fogeys who remember fresh air and open views, have, to convince them that houses should have access to the outdoors?

    [1] Except, I suppose, from a security standpoint, although there's hardware and software solutions for that.

  • by Translation Error ( 1176675 ) on Wednesday January 18, 2012 @12:59PM (#38739410)
    Now we can finally see what the weather's like by looking at a window!

    Really, of all the applications they could have chosen for the main picture, they pick a weather forecast?

To do two things at once is to do neither. -- Publilius Syrus