"GM teams with Future Lab on
interactive Windows of Opportunity, MI:4 tech lives on"
Wishing your vehicle had a
system than the iPad
you're forced to futz with in the backseat? If GM has its way, you may be
in luck. The auto manufacturer has joined forces with the Future Lab at
Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Israel to transform boring rear
windows into interactive touchscreens. Since there are no plans to work
the tech into production models right now, R&D gave the students a
blank... er, clear canvas on which to create solutions.
The results include apps that allow an animated character to respond to
scenery outside the window and finger drawing on window steam. Two
other applications enable a look into users' windows worldwide and a
music stream-and-share with your mates on the road. "Traditionally, the
use of interactive displays in cars has been limited to the driver and
front passenger, but we see an opportunity to provide a technology
interface designed specifically for rear seat passengers," said Tom
Seder, GM R&D lab group manager. Check out the apps in action or
the particulars in the PR after the break.