smart window
Last Updated: January 17th, 2012

As CES comes to a close, we look back at the new devices we've seen - some were expected, some came from out-of-nowhere, and others were just downright impressive. Among all of the things that we've seen this week, however, there is one non-Android piece of tech that stands above the rest: Samsung's Transparent Smart Window. Here, check it out:

Update: Here's Samsung's official video that breaks down some of Smart Window's features further:

And with that, dear reader, we conclude our coverage of CES 2012. We hope you enjoyed the experience as much as we did!

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Dave

    That is crazy! I don't see the actual practicality of looking up recipes on your window, but still, its a neat showing.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Imagine if that wasn't a window but rather just glass and in your shelf or fridge (transparent fridge, hell yea), or mirror. There is so much potential.

      • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody

        I think I got the greatest one of all...A shower door. As long as this thing doesn't have issues with water on the surface, you'd get to have easy access to do stuff in the one place you normally don't have any other options readily available. Plus it comes with it's own privacy screen. Perfect application for this kinda thing.

        • Leo

          Internet Addiction detected

      • Freak4Dell

        I see potential for heads up display technology in cars, too.

        • RajivK

          Aside from HUD's I don't see many practical uses for this at all. As soon as the wow has worn of I'd rather just see content being displayed on the screen clearly instead of alpha blending it into the background. Cool but highly impractical.

    • Jon Garrett

      Its a demo of the technology. I think something like this would work very well on your car's windshield. no more dashboard, everything will be on the windshield including GPS.

  • PAC

    its for the future i guess..when we will no longer need windows.. (i mean the real windows!!)

    • http://profiles.google.com/ISantop Ian

      Right. We already don't need the Windows OS.

      Then again, this is a flame war for a different blog!

    • Joe

      Yeah, but imagine how extra pi$$ed you'd be if the neighbor's idiot kid hit a baseball through THAT window!

      • DCMAKER

        lol so true...you know the kid wont be paying you for that one

    • Adrian

      gonna put this out there and say that in 10 - 15 years time, I'm not going to be replacing all of my windows with these screens

  • Nick

    If adapted I can see a few practical uses..Such as in the shower, in front of the stove, and if really adapted could we go counter top? Basically anywhere it would need to be minimalistic and it's stationary.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Oh god, I would freaking love this in the shower, reading news, Twitter, and watching TV while checking weather and traffic.

      • J Rush

        What about taking a shower, lol? To me something like that would be distracting.

        • Mgamerz

          Shower porn. Finally.

    • Andrew
  • XT69

    couldn't hear the price... anyone?

    • David Ruddock

      The presenter claimed there was a $250 23" monitor version, but the screen looked yellow and had a different UI - not nearly as cool, IMO.

      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        Yeah, they wouldn't say how much the cool version cost, I don't think they decided on how they would even market and sell it, let alone price.

        • XT69

          i know, i wouldn't even buy one, although a great concept...

          but you know, I was just curious how much would a thing like this cost :)

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    I was also impressed with the early release routers with 802.11ac that should go up to 1.3Gbit over airwaves. The standard should be finalized next year. I just love living in our day and age of tech.

  • Michael

    can this be used as a tv?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      We asked but they guy either didn't want to say or didn't understand us. He was barely speaking English.

    • carlos

      Yes. But the people on the other side can't see what you're watching.

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    Anybody who mounts this window better put up a wall around it in case kids come out swinging to play some baseball.

    • fonix232

      I'd mostly use it in an environment seen in the movies Iron Man 1-2 - a hilltop mansion, somewhere near the sea, and not just a small 25-40" window in an urban area (would be interesting, an interactive window looking at a brick wall). But that's all money what we don't have.

    • Circs

      How suitable would it really be as a window though? By which I mean to ask just how transparent is it? Would I be able to look out of it and see my normal view well and have a couple of widgets overlaid in the bottom corner?

  • XT69

    i would play a mirrored video on it as if i was home doing my stuff whenever i go away from home, to prevent thieves from breaking in :D

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Cue Speed comments.

  • Mo B.

    Theoretically yes, sounded like the guy in the video said something about HDMI. Looks like you can hook up anything to the device and output to it

  • dukeofohio

    maybe you people will know this, what does it look like from the other side

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Supposedly, the display part is one-way, so you can't see it from the other side. Supposedly.

    • http://androidpolice.com Alpha55

      I would hope not because what if I was watching porn??

  • Will

    Oh good, more non-android news.

    • David Ruddock

      We only posted it because it's awesome. And it pretty explicitly says in the title that it's non-Android content, so I don't think 1 off topic story in a single week is exactly indicative of a trend, dude.

      • Moi Poi

        David, don't worry about his comments. Thank you for that news. Its awesome! I have been waiting for it for so long.

    • Circs

      Figured I ought to offer some advice to you. You don't have to click on every single article.

      When the title says "[CES 2012] The Most Impressive Non-Android Product Of The Week: Samsung's Transparent Smart Window" you can probably safely bet it's not going to be an android article and move along.

  • Abhinav

    just amazing :)

  • cosmic

    The part with the blinds was pretty impressive at around :45. If you could block out outer light then have a movie play then I could certainly see some applications for it. Very cool.

  • Freak4Dell

    I wonder if they could make TVs with this screen and a small transparent border around it. Figure out a way to mount it on the wall, and it would look like you don't even have a TV there at all, until you turn it on.

    • Aleebaan

      Why don't you have any paintings on this wall?
      - It's our TV :-D

  • Evan

    Isn't this just a normal LCD screen without the backlight attached?

    Notice how when the lights were turned off you couldn't see anything on the screen. (except where the night time lights were on)

    This is why you can make your own lcd projector using an old lcd screen (with the backlighting ripped off) and an overhead projector.

    such as - http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Projector-on-the-Cheap/

    I'm not very impressed for the moment.

    • carlos

      You should watch the second video. It addresses your points.

  • MicroNix

    If the price would be right, any house in the rust belt would love to have their windows replaced with this stuff. Instead of looking outside at snow, put live wallpaper up that shows it sunny with a light wind in the trees and green grass! Sure would increase the mood this time of year! Of course when its like zero outside and the water builds up on the windows, that could be pretty disastrous. On second thought, cancel that idea....:(

  • http://www.miniphysics.com TheMini

    Hmm. So, is the window transparent when the display is off? Looks great though! XD

  • http://www.grantbarker.com Grant

    Very very cool.

    Swipe to unlock access to your home.
    No need for physical curtains (not so new).
    If it's really raining outside you just click on whichever weather you prefer to see. If you live in front of a dumpster, simply play a more appealing screensaver/scene.
    If you get the image just right, you could give people various illusions to the inside of your home or things going on inside.

    Advertising, entertainment, concerts, menus, discos..

    Very cool and fun stuff.