Most people are under the impression that a window is just a window; a piece of glass that keeps the elements out of your home. On a very basic and non-scientific level, you can describe it as such. As simplistic as windows may seem, some outside-the-box thinkers have taken the function of windows beyond their every day uses. Check out these ultra-cool window inventions that’ll leave you believing that a window isn’t just a window.
Solar Powered Window Socket
The window socket is a power socket with a suction cup that attaches to the window. The real twist is that the back of the socket is a solar panel that generates power. The socket holds power for up to 10 hours; plenty of time to charge up your phone or laptop.
Winscape Virtual Windows
This window invention was introduced around 2010. The windows you’re looking at are actually 46-inch HD plasma TVs that are framed just like a window. If you have a windowless wall and new construction windows aren’t in the budget, this is a perfect option to perk up your living room.
Japan’s Sky Aquarium
This awesome window invention is an aquarium featuring thousands of fish. Dubbed as the Sky Aquarium, it was a temporary 2011 exhibit in Tokyo. It was on the 52nd floor of the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower. The aquarium was built between the building’s window and a wall of glass for visitor viewing.
Smart Phones, Smart Cars, … Smart Windows?
Introduced in 2012 by Samsung, this smart window was on the cutting edge of smart window technology, and it still is today. The smart window essentially operates like a giant tablet. It’s transparent and you can see right out into your neighborhood. It also has the option to create blinds for real privacy concerns.