Philips Dynamic Daylight Window

by Mark R

Philips Window
Every once in a while, some new idea shows up that is just plain neat. The Dynamic Daylight Window from Philips is definitely in my neat pick for this week, maybe even for the entire month.

From what I can see, it is a window that a user can control how much lighting he or she can get from it. In other words, if you want it to look like daylight or sunset out, you can adjust the lighting. Part of the adjustment is creating an artificial window blind effect, and the other is adjusting the very light itself, so the sky can turn a different color.

The proposed use of Philips’ Dynamic Daylight Window is to help people adjust to their jet lag. Apparently, the window is designed for hotels, and guests can adjust the artificial day or night light on the window to create some real sleep.

This is not all it does, as it helps to create a mood. As you can see from this YouTube video, a user can create this branchlike effect across the window by simply waving their hand in front of it.

So far, I have no idea how this technology works. I can’t help but thinking it has something to do with a virtual background, and I don’t even know if the “view” you’re seeing in the picture and video is real. However, after what I have seen, I can’t help but want to see one of these Dynamic Daylight Windows in person, maybe even own one myself.

Via Gadgets-Weblog

One review or comment

Gregg DesElms Says: November 18, 2012 at 12:55 pm

First of all, WHY ISN’T THIS POSTING (or article, or whatever it is; and on which I’m now commenting) DATED? Whomever runs this website has made a really bonehead decision to not make sure that every single article, and comment beneath, has a date stamp on it. Things posted on the Internet describe the state of things (or opinions about them) at certain moments in time. Without dates, we have no guide to relevance, based on time. Please fix this problem!

Because of that, I, here, on 18 Nov 2012, do not know if I’m just now discovering a new product by Philips, or one that’s a few years old. And at least one problem with that is that it sets-up your readers, who comment, for embarrassment if they write a speculation, as I fear I’m about to do, here, that’s already been settled and/or figured-out elsewhere… as I’d already know if I had done more research before posting, here. But I’m gonna’ post it anway, and then if I learn the answer later, elsewhere, then so be it.

FROM THE ARTICLE: “I can’t help but thinking [sic][should be “think,” not thinking) it has something to do with a virtual background, and I don’t even know if the ‘view’ you’re seeing in the picture and video is real.”

MY RESPONSE: If you watch the video, after the woman sits in the window’s light therapy area, on the left (starting at 03:15 in the video), the guy who’s talking says, at 03:25 in the video, “the window goes dark, for privacy,” while, if you notice in the video, the branches and leaves extend to block more light from coming in from the outside. So, it sounds/looks like it’s an actual window to the real outside world.

Now, that said, I think that the outdoors in the video really is virtual… but I think that’s only because it’s video taken at a booth at a tradeshow or something. I think what we’re really talking about, here, though, bottom line, is a real window; and so that at which everyone’s marveling is the technology in between the layers of glass that make the on-demand colors and branches and leaves-shaped variable opacity possible.

But, again, I’m now about to continue researching the product, elsewhere; and I’ll probably learn what is the real situation.

Anyway, sorry to be so grumpy at the beginning of this comment, but, c’mon… no date? Seriously?

Oh… wait… I just thought of something: When was the Youtube video posted? Lemmee go look…

…okay, it says 2007. And now that I look more closely, I can see /20071103/ in this web page’s URL, suggestion that it originally appeared on 3 November 2007. So this whole thing is at least five years old. Interesting. Sure wish it had just been painfully obvious by this web page’s article having a date on it! The reader shouldn’t have to work so hard to figure it out.

Otherwise, keep-up the good work!

Gregg L. DesElms
Napa, California USA
gregg at greggdeselms dot com

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