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(NYPost)   Toyota files patent application for a "cloaking device" for their transporters   ( nypost.com) divider line
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2017-08-16 09:43:35 AM  
Still waiting for my tea, Earl Grey, hot.
 
2017-08-16 09:54:08 AM  
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2017-08-16 10:03:38 AM  
Make thinner pillars.
 
2017-08-16 10:04:18 AM  

johnsoninca: Still waiting for my tea, Earl Grey, hot.


Tea. Earl. Hot.
Tea. Earl. Cold.
Tea in the replicator nine days old.
 
2017-08-16 10:14:34 AM  
How about a smart windshield that can detect where the sun is and put a dark circle over it so you are not getting blinded? It would require some calibration, I suppose.
 
2017-08-16 10:24:06 AM  
On the downside, the transmission tends to stick in neutral zone.
 
2017-08-16 10:31:40 AM  

GameSprocket: How about a smart windshield that can detect where the sun is and put a dark circle over it so you are not getting blinded? It would require some calibration, I suppose.


And what happens when you're on a two lane road headed east right around sunrise?
A nice big black spot obsures your vision.

A better idea would be to get a photosensitive windshield that tints darker based on ambient light levels... like you get on some glasses.
 
2017-08-16 10:34:27 AM  

Im_Gumby: GameSprocket: How about a smart windshield that can detect where the sun is and put a dark circle over it so you are not getting blinded? It would require some calibration, I suppose.

And what happens when you're on a two lane road headed east right around sunrise?
A nice big black spot obsures your vision.


That's just nature's way of telling you to go back to bed.

/most people would've suggested 'two lane road headed west right around sunset'
 
2017-08-16 10:46:27 AM  

Im_Gumby: GameSprocket: How about a smart windshield that can detect where the sun is and put a dark circle over it so you are not getting blinded? It would require some calibration, I suppose.

And what happens when you're on a two lane road headed east right around sunrise?
A nice big black spot obsures your vision.

A better idea would be to get a photosensitive windshield that tints darker based on ambient light levels... like you get on some glasses.


If the spot is only as dark as the otherwise tinted window, it would still allow better visibility. Tinting the entire window could mean that you can only see the darkened circle of the Sun and nothing else.

Either way, some sort of solution seems possible and would just take some trial and error as part of the development process.
 
2017-08-16 10:58:55 AM  
Idiots.  That violates the Treaty of Algeron!
 
2017-08-16 11:00:52 AM  

GameSprocket: How about a smart windshield that can detect where the sun is and put a dark circle over it so you are not getting blinded? It would require some calibration, I suppose.


Actually, I'd prefer a windshield with night vision capabilities. I drive some pretty dark roads occasionally.
 
2017-08-16 11:10:12 AM  

Im_Gumby: GameSprocket: How about a smart windshield that can detect where the sun is and put a dark circle over it so you are not getting blinded? It would require some calibration, I suppose.

And what happens when you're on a two lane road headed east right around sunrise?
A nice big black spot obsures your vision.


Depends on the implementation.

Eye protective shielding would put the dark circles only where they'll block the light from hitting your eyes. You can't see where the Sun is anyway. It should do it only for the two people in the front seat, or the 16 dark spots could be distracting.

Flare shielding, on the other hand, would block all photons from the direction of the Sun. The view in other directions would not be affected. Implementation is left as an exercise for the reader.
 
2017-08-16 11:21:04 AM  

damageddude: GameSprocket: How about a smart windshield that can detect where the sun is and put a dark circle over it so you are not getting blinded? It would require some calibration, I suppose.

Actually, I'd prefer a windshield with night vision capabilities. I drive some pretty dark roads occasionally.


I thought about that. Include some FLIR with augmented reality so any heat signatures along the road show up as an obvious symbol (or shape). That would be cool. They used to have some cars with night vision. I wonder if they stopped making them because people would try driving around with no lights.
 
2017-08-16 11:27:52 AM  

GameSprocket: damageddude: GameSprocket: How about a smart windshield that can detect where the sun is and put a dark circle over it so you are not getting blinded? It would require some calibration, I suppose.

Actually, I'd prefer a windshield with night vision capabilities. I drive some pretty dark roads occasionally.

I thought about that. Include some FLIR with augmented reality so any heat signatures along the road show up as an obvious symbol (or shape). That would be cool. They used to have some cars with night vision. I wonder if they stopped making them because people would try driving around with no lights.


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2017-08-16 11:52:58 AM  
Fark that.

Wake me up when they've got photon torpedoes that you can fire at cars going 50mph in the left lane.
 
2017-08-16 11:55:11 AM  
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2017-08-16 12:18:55 PM  
Would have been nice over the weekend when this kid I couldn't see behind the pillar decided to run RIGHT IN FRONT OF MY CAR.
We're both lucky I drive slow in neighborhoods.

Anyone know of something currently available that would help instead of waiting for a "cloaking device"?  That was rather terrifying.
 
2017-08-16 12:20:46 PM  

donutsauce: Would have been nice over the weekend when this kid I couldn't see behind the pillar decided to run RIGHT IN FRONT OF MY CAR.
We're both lucky I drive slow in neighborhoods.

Anyone know of something currently available that would help instead of waiting for a "cloaking device"?  That was rather terrifying.


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2017-08-16 12:28:49 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: Make thinner pillars.


Thin pillars won't help in the event of a rollover.  Cars are subjected to roof crush tests now.
 
2017-08-16 01:10:03 PM  

Theaetetus: donutsauce: Would have been nice over the weekend when this kid I couldn't see behind the pillar decided to run RIGHT IN FRONT OF MY CAR.
We're both lucky I drive slow in neighborhoods.

Anyone know of something currently available that would help instead of waiting for a "cloaking device"?  That was rather terrifying.

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Looks like there are after market lane departure/collision/pedestrian detectors available, which I will be purchasing soon.  Maybe I can hook it up to one of these as the warning system!
 
2017-08-16 03:31:02 PM  
I've got a 2006 Scion tC with more blind spots than Helen Keller.
 
2017-08-16 04:16:52 PM  
About the time all this vision technology is perfected,  the self-driving car will be perfected too.
 
2017-08-16 06:32:27 PM  
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2017-08-16 06:35:04 PM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: Fark that.

Wake me up when they've got photon torpedoes that you can fire at cars going 50mph in the left lane.


This. I would sign up for your bridge crew.
 
2017-08-16 09:46:06 PM  
That's a "see throughing" device.
 
2017-08-17 06:46:01 AM  

Im_Gumby: GameSprocket: How about a smart windshield that can detect where the sun is and put a dark circle over it so you are not getting blinded? It would require some calibration, I suppose.

And what happens when you're on a two lane road headed east right around sunrise?
A nice big black spot obsures your vision.

A better idea would be to get a photosensitive windshield that tints darker based on ambient light levels... like you get on some glasses.


Two-Lane blackspot?
 
2017-08-17 10:34:35 AM  
What ever happened to having to actually invent something to get a patent?
 
2017-08-17 12:04:24 PM  

OldJames: What ever happened to having to actually invent something to get a patent?


I invented things before you didn't have to invent things to get a patent. You wouldn't have heard of them.
 
2017-08-17 12:05:05 PM  

donutsauce: Would have been nice over the weekend when this kid I couldn't see behind the pillar decided to run RIGHT IN FRONT OF MY CAR.
We're both lucky I drive slow in neighborhoods.

Anyone know of something currently available that would help instead of waiting for a "cloaking device"?  That was rather terrifying.


Taser the kid. That would help.
 
2017-08-17 12:07:25 PM  

ThatBillmanGuy: Eddie Adams from Torrance: Fark that.

Wake me up when they've got photon torpedoes that you can fire at cars going 50mph in the left lane.

This. I would sign up for your bridge crew.


Do you know how to operate a bulldozer? Because when we torpedo someone on the bridge, they'll be in the way until the wreckage is pushed off the bridge.
 
2017-08-17 12:11:38 PM  

GameSprocket: If the spot is only as dark as the otherwise tinted window, it would still allow better visibility. Tinting the entire window could mean that you can only see the darkened circle of the Sun and nothing else.


No. Auto-tinting the entire window makes the whole window darker when sunlight hits it.
You're describing that only the part of the window which will cast a shadow on your eyes should be darkened.
 
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