BMW Patents A Rich-People Car Privacy Screen That Turns Into A Display Which Seems Inevitable

BMW Patents A Rich-People Car Privacy Screen That Turns Into A Display Which Seems Inevitable

You know those glass privacy screens in chauffeur-driven cars that the rich people in the back use to separate themselves from the unwashed working-class slobs that drive them around? Of course you do—it’s one of the key iconic elements of limousines. Well, even though it sounds impossible, it seems that rich people may finally be bored with staring at their own reflections, which is why, I assume, BMW has taken out a patent on a privacy divider that can act as a display screen. In some ways, it’s hard to imagine this would not have happened. In case you’re still fuzzy on these things, here’s one in use in the movie This Is Spinal Tap: See? You know what these are. The BMW-focused forum i4Talk reported on the patent and suggested that it’ll likely see use in the (BMW-owned, remember) Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase, which already offers a privacy screen that can go from clear to opaque instantly: The patent is called a “Switchable Transparent Display” and is described as follows: An apparatus is provided which comprises a first layer that is switchable between a first state wherein light transits the layer substantially unimpeded and a second state wherein light is substantially blocked from transiting the layer. The apparatus further comprises a second layer which is substantially transparent and comprises light emitting elements, such as organic light emitting diodes (OLED.) A face of the first layer contacts a face of the second layer such that the first layer controls ...
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