The window of the future is truly insane

Over the past few years Samsung has well and truly worked its way up to the top of the electronics Manufacturers market and with new innovations they seem to add in interesting and intriguing possibilities into the world of the future. This one well, is a bit over the top. However, having invested as much as they have in the past few years on Television screens, and just screens of every type, it seems like a natural progression that they will try to include screens anywhere and everywhere possible.

There’s a lot of buzz around the Samsung Transparent Smart Window, the full touch TFT (thin-film transistor) LCD display that turns any household window into a prop from Minority Report. The 46-inch, 1366×768 resolution display won the CES 2012 award for innovation and, from what we see in the demo below, it’s not hard to see why. A video from Samsung video gives a nice overview.

The device is really a transparent touchscreen LCD that can be fitted to any window, so long as it’s no longer than some 46 inches. Resolution is 1366 x 768 pixels, reportedly. During the day, illumination is provided from outside. At night, built-in lights kick in.

At first glance, the window, while cool, isn’t necessarily innovative: it just brings all the apps and widgets we’ve come to love to your window. But Samsung has included a few unique touches. My favorite is the “blinds” feature, where with the swipe of your finger, you can open and close virtual blinds that will actually blot out the light. A video report from MobileNations says that mass production will begin “in the coming months.” Samsung has indicated an intention to put the thing out by the end of the year. No word on price yet.

The window is considered to be working as a one sided glass when viewed from outside, making it like ordinary windows. Additionally, the window can also work as a screen for Augment Reality to see overlaid information on the outside world. So in what can be described as a double stroke, Samsung has not only opened another market for the screens they make but also have taken on the window covering world, from Blinds to Curtains.

The most expensive Home Theatre in the world

I got an interesting mail with the pics for the most expensive Home Theatre in the world, and let me tell you something it was worth writing a post about. Once I received the pictures I started getting more and more curious about the composition of the system. The Kipnis Studio Standard Experience, also known as “The Greatest Show on Earth” is exactly the most expensive Home theatre in the world. I don’t really know what to actually say about this awesome gadget, a big waste of money or a true piece of art, but I am inclined to think that $6,000,000 is way to much for a home theatre, you could do a lot more than just a Home Theatre in that money.  Now let’s see a few details that make this home theater so amazing.

First of all the person who spent the money and the effort on this monstrocity. Jeremy Kipnis, a music engineer, producer, classical music lover, has paid a whooping US $6 million for this amazing collection. And you have seen nothing yet. Wait until you find out what gadgets make this home theater so top notch.

Picture Elements:

  • Sony SRX-S110 Professional Video Projector (4,096-by-2,160 resolution)
  • Stewart 18-by-10-foot Snowmatte 1.0 Gain Laboratory-Grade Motion Picture Screen

Players and Sources:

  • Sony BDP-S1 Blu-ray Player
  • Sony PlayStation 3 Gaming Console
  • Toshiba HD-XA1 HD DVD Player
  • JVC HMDH-5U D-VHS Recorder
  • SATA Drive (72 HDTV Hours Total)
  • Mark Levinson Reference N°33 and N°33H.
  • Pioneer HLD-X0 Hi-Vision HDTV MUSE Laserdisc Player

Surround Processing and Decoding:

  • Theta Digital Generation VIII 32-bit 8x Oversampling Dual Processors (13)

Amplification:

  • Mark Levinson N° 33h Amplifiers (2)
  • McIntosh MC-2102 Amplifiers (30)
  • Crown Macro Reference Gold Amplifiers (3)

Speakers:

  • Snell 1800 THX Music & Cinema Reference Subwoofers (16)
  • Snell THX Music & Cinema Reference Towers (8)
  • MuRata ES103A Super Tweeters (10)
  • Snell THX Music & Cinema Reference LCR-2800 Center-Channel Speakers (3)

Look at these awesome pictures that will complete the experience of ooh and ahs, we will then talk more about why this beats going to the theatre.

Now lets get to the list of why this really makes going to the Theatre crappy :

The Cell Phone That Goes Off

Honestly, with all the messages we see during the previews that mention how NOT to have your cell phone on during the movie?  How in the world is this still going on in theaters?  Not only that, whenever the damn thing rings at least three times it’s usually cause for murder.  No question.  Giant sign:  TURN CELL PHONES OFF.  Cell phone still rings.  How?  How?

The Tall Person

This is just the luck of the draw I guess.  I’m 6’0 tall so I doubt that I’ve caused trouble for those behind me.  And I have to say theatres have made advancements in seating.  However, if someone is 6’5 or taller you are absolutely screwed.  And if you’re in a crowded theater, God help you.  Ever watch an entire movie with your head tilted?  Its not very nice.

The Talker or Laugher

I didn’t realize how many people thought that a movie theater was their own personal living room.  Not only that, sometimes you get the people that actually speak just to piss other people off.  The worst thing is when you get a group of people that are either drunk or stoned. I guess its fun for them, but at the expense of the rest of us.

The No Seat Situation

You know what that means.  It means you’re sitting in the front which is about the worst possible thing that could happen to you at the theater other than being vomited on, the theater collapsing on your head, or having exploding diarrhea. Aching necks, twisted eyes and tears accompany such a trip to the theatre.

No matter what said and done, spending 6 Million Dollars on a Home Theatre is not something that beats going to the theatres, but surely getting a good system will make the experience at home more personal and better.