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Is That A Display, Or An Actual Window? The Answer Is Yes!
We recently stumbled across "Switchable Projection Window" technology, demonstrated in the YouTube Video below. This technology allows a normal glass window to be used in a variety of ways, including as a television, a whiteboard, a computer monitor, and a privacy screen.
There is a growing trend in the visual collaboration world. The affordability and flexibility of today's software is allowing for more innovative uses of standard monitors. Take a look at our recent coverage of the Mezzanine solution (shown below). The designers of that solution proved that with multiple monitors, you can really create some powerful presentation and collaboration environments. The more glass you have, the more options.
Many rooms already have a large piece of glass in place. The standard window. Until now, this has primarily performed a single purpose, to look outside. With this new technology, your everyday window is replaced by a multipurpose monitor / whiteboard. However, it still functions as a normal window, and even has privacy functions (changing the window from clear to opaque).
While the technology may still be in its early stages, it does appear to be functional. If it can be packaged into a reasonably affordable, easily install-able and manageable product, it could be a real winner. I am ready to replace my office windows with this technology today.
About the Author
David Maldow, Esq. is a visual collaboration technologist and analyst with the Human Productivity Lab and an associate editor at Telepresence Options. David has extensive expertise in testing, evaluating, and explaining telepresence and other visual collaboration / rich media solutions. David is focused on providing third-party independent analysis and opinion of these technologies and helping end users better secure their visual collaboration environments. You can follow David on Twitter and Google+.
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