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Smart "see-through" walls for offices and small spaces

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jnikola Oct 08, 2021
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The idea is to use existing technology to create a system that would turn any wall into a "transparent" one.

The concept
On one side, a huge LCD panel would cover the wall, and on the other side, a small set of cameras would record the surroundings. The panel would project a live video and sound of the outer space. The user would be able to turn off the sound (mute) and/or the video, change it to play anything else via the Chromecast-like device, or mimic the wall.

The benefits
The concept of transparent walls is usually achieved with glass. On the one hand, glass looks very elegant, but needs to be cleaned and is very fragile, since it cannot carry the heavy load or withstand bigger forces. The see-through walls are the concept that could be installed on older buildings, on any wall, doesn't need to be cleaned and can be turned into a regular wall anytime.

The use cases
  • people could use this system to create sort of a customizable open space in their apartments
  • small offices could use this to create huge "windows" on hard concrete walls
  • doctors could see the number of people in front of their office with a click of the button
Additional use cases
  • Stream other content than just a camera live video from the other side of the wall:
  • business meetings and conferences could be held via video meetings with all the people seeing the speaker on a display
  • teams that work in a dispersed offices could become "neighbours"
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Povilas S
Povilas S3 years ago
This idea is related to Deru Xu's idea of weather simulating windows:
https://brainstorming.com/windows-that-can-simulate-the-weather/585. Your proposition is perhaps the easiest way (for the time being) to approach the realization of Deru's idea as well. The live-streamed outside view on the LCD wall could be simply augmented to simulate various weather conditions.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic3 years ago
Such simulated windows could tap into this feed (refresh to change the view)
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jnikola3 years ago
Darko Savic Whoaa, this looks fun!
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