Honda reveals touch-activated window shades in patent application
Honda has submitted a patent application for a new type of window shade operated by simply touching the window with your finger and dragging it along the glass.
Glass that can change its opaqueness back and forth is not a novel idea in itself. Light-sensitive, self-darkening sunglasses have been on the market for a decades. In more recent times, Smart Glass, which darkens as an electric current is run through it, has been available on higher-end automotive applications as well.
However, as Autoblog reports, Honda’s system would be touch-sensitive, and activated simply touching the glass itself. The user would also be able to adjust the height of the “shade” simply by dragging a finger along the glass.
The technology could be applied to not only the windshield to replace flip-down visors, but on side windows as well, eliminating the need for bulky physical shades and the motors that actuate them (or even worse, the terrible suction-cup shades available at discount stores everywhere). Think of it as a window shade for the smartphone generation.