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From: dimtint10/3/2017 6:41:11 PM
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An oldie, but a good reminder of how long some of these development cycles take. Since GM (along with everyone else) is headed into EVs.... will that be the breakthrough market..... 30 years ago, they cited the same need that SPD addresses today.

newscientist.com


To me, the killer apps are sunvisors, rear side windows and then dynamic glare control on infotainment screens. Sunroofs are just a gimmck AND windshields already use laminated glass. We're getting close, one more model with decent volume gets us to breakeven, but I doubt it's a sunroof that drives demand-- sun visors should do it.

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To: firstresponder who wrote (20747)10/3/2017 7:10:02 PM
From: aknahow
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Is it fair or correct to say that reading this patent one possible conclusion is that the patent applies to using "the switchable layer" not to making such a layer?

,switchable layer ... capable of being switched between a substantially opaque state and a substantially transparent state.

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To: aknahow who wrote (20749)10/3/2017 7:40:15 PM
From: N. Dixon
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"switchable" to me says LCD.

ND

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To: N. Dixon who wrote (20750)10/3/2017 8:02:22 PM
From: dimtint
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I doubt LC exists that is clear enough in the 'clear state' to use in front of a camera lense--unless there is some post processing that can correct for the haze.

The clearest LC that I have found is something like 15% haze vs 2% for SPD. We'll never see Dyed LC compete and win against SPD for museum cases....

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To: aknahow who wrote (20749)10/3/2017 8:44:00 PM
From: firstresponder
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Is it fair or correct to say that reading this patent one possible conclusion is that the patent applies to using "the switchable layer" not to making such a layer?
I think so.

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From: Auger5010/3/2017 10:00:39 PM
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One of our licensees, Smartglass Int wins a big project at Intel HQ...bad news is that it doesn't use SPD.



smartglassinternational.com

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To: N. Dixon who wrote (20750)10/3/2017 10:10:00 PM
From: aknahow
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Surprised at your reply.

youtube.com

And this

Contents 1 Electrically switchable smart glass

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From: Auger5010/3/2017 10:42:58 PM
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ATG next week:

atgshades.com

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From: aknahow10/3/2017 11:04:51 PM
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Now, it's Google's turn.

WHEN: Wednesday, 9 a.m. PT; 12 noon ET; 5 p.m. UK; 3 a.m. (Thursday) Sydney -- or see the start time in your time zone. CNET's preshow with Brian Tong, Patrick Holland and Lexy Savvides starts 30 minutes earlier.

WHERE: San Francisco, California

Watch this: Thanks, internet: Google's Oct. 4 event gets sWHAT TO EXPECT: Quite a bit, actually. According the flood of leaks in recent weeks, we'll be getting:See our full preview of what to expect.














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To: aknahow who wrote (20756)10/4/2017 11:30:51 AM
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A new version of the Google Daydream View VR headset (to complement the new Pixel phones)
Google does have a 2016 patent for a head-mountable VR device with adjustable transparency. The device could be controlled via cell phone.

The remote device may be any type of computing device or transmitter including a laptop computer, a mobile telephone, or tablet computing device, etc., that is configured to transmit data to the device. The remote device and the device may contain hardware to enable the communication link, such as processors, transmitters, receivers, antennas, etc.

The optical element could include at least one liquid crystal cell, an electrochromic cell, a suspended particle device, and/or a switchable mirror. The optical element could be operable to change the transmittance of the optical element and/or the optics.

Review of current Daydream View headset.


At least we know that Google knows what SPD is.

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