January 10, 2020 by Craig Shames
When I attended CES a few years ago I was expecting to see displays for all of the major tech companies sharing off their latest wares. And, sure, there was plenty of that from drones and devices to smart washing machines and wearables. But I was surprised by how large of a presence car manufacturers had. In hindsight it makes sense. Cars are loaded with technology and futuristic displays and are becoming more and more sophisticated every year.
So it should come as no surprise that one of my favorite innovations from this year’s CES involves a car and an often overlooked component: the humble sun visor.
As Engadget puts it, “Car sun visors are a double-edged sword. Yes, they stop annoying rays from shining directly into your eyeballs, which means you don’t have to squint or immediately grab a pair of sunglasses. But if you pull down that flappy bit of plastic, it also obscures at least some of the road that you’re driving on, which isn’t ideal from a safety perspective. Bosch might have a solution: a transparent liquid crystal display (LCD) that tracks your face and only blocks the *precise* section where the sun would blind you.”
This is an ingenious idea that provides a technological solution to an often overlooked problem and makes me wonder if there are any issues, transportation related or otherwise, that we can fix in this same manner.
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