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Researchers create smart window that filters out heat and / or light

By Shawn Knight
Aug 15, 2013
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  1. Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a new material that is able to modify sunlight as it passes through glass. The thin coating of nanocrystals would be embedded in the glass of a window and unlike existing...

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  2. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,750   +1,105

    Looks very cool, but it also sounds like something that would end up like the solar panel fad Bill Gates described as 'cute'. If these things are expensive they will be used only by companies with money to burn who are trying to improve their 'green' cred. The average person will not care about saving a few bucks a month on heating if it costs $250 per window to do it.
     
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  3. RenGood08

    RenGood08 TS Booster Posts: 185   +13

    Good point. It would be awesome to have. But you know, the average joe isn't going to spend $250/window when they could just live in the dark all the time. Why spend on something that's a "want" and not necessarily a "need?"
     
  4. Charles B

    Charles B TS Rookie

    I would be curious to see if this technology could be applied to automotive windows since many of us spend so much time travelling in our vehicles.... If so, I wonder how many hurdles they will have to go through in regards to current window tinting regulations concerning dark vehicle windows.
     
  5. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 671   +73

    When these come to the masses, I will buy them for certain.
     
  6. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 831   +18

    I love the idea but also wonder about the price. Also agree they would be very cool in vehicles
     

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