your vehicle had a better-integrated entertainment
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.