CES is always an opportunity to discover surprising technologies, but there are also these moments when wonder quickly gives way to fear of probable abuses. This is precisely the type of technology that Zeiss has just talked about. The manufacturer unveiled its range of glasses called Multifunctional Smart Glass supposed to allow “optical activation of transparent materials& ;#8221; .
Basically, Zeiss explains that this new line of glass has four “four basic functions – projection, detection, illumination and filtering, to deliver completely new holographic possibilities, connected home solutions, to augmented reality, all with a minimal physical footprint. #8221;, explains Zeiss in its press release.
How could a completely transparent window hide a camera, a screen, and other sensors
Concretely, the manufacturer explains having developed the technology necessary for the mass manufacturing of glass surfaces in which, we understand , light guides and other reflective microsurfaces are printed to hide screens and other optical devices in the frame of a pane or window.
The surface can then become, on demand, a screen or any other optical device – or even several of these devices simultaneously. This allows, for example, a new type of display in the vehicle cabin which makes it possible to provide the driver with holographic floating buttons with which he can interact…60~/p>
Knowing that all the necessary equipment, sensor included, is then hidden, and that light guides are responsible for connecting each pixel and sensor to an area of the glass surface. It is because of another example cited by Zeiss for the automobile that we are tempted to fear abuses.
The brand indeed mentions the possibility of using these glass panels doped with these holographic light microguides to integrate cameras and other invisible sensors. Here is what Zeiss says in its press release: “Zeiss multifunctional smart glasses technology enables the integration of a transparent camera – a ‘holocam’ – which uses coupling, decoupling and light guiding elements to divert incident light to a concealed sensor. “
The brand continues: “this eliminates the need for visible gaps or cutouts for cameras or sensors in exterior areas for following distance alerts or parking sensors, or in interior areas for fatigue detection systems”.
< p>Obviously, it's hard not to imagine this kind of glasses equipped with secret cameras filling our daily lives in the coming decades – especially since this is not the first time that we have discovered patents or innovations around light guides (other brands, including Apple, are also working on the question), and that we can think that this type of technology can quickly become popular, especially if the price drops and/or their benefits outweigh the budget…< /p>
Because in addition to all this, Zeiss explains that this technology could make it possible in the near future to have highly technological glass which can not only act as a glass ;screen, sensors, filters, but also a solar panel that can generate electricity.
- At CES, Zeiss unveils its “Multifunctional Smart Glass” range, promising advances in augmented reality and home automation with glasses capable of projecting, detecting, illuminating and filtering.
- The technology allows displays and sensors to be discreetly incorporated into glass, paving the way for invisible displays and multifunctional optical devices.
- This innovation offers exciting possibilities, such as integrated solar panels, but raises questions about privacy with the potential use of invisible cameras and sensors.
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