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February 22, 2012
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Soft-Lite to Acquire Gorell Assets

The Ohio vinyl window manufacturer has reached an agreement to acquire the product lines of Gorell Windows & Doors, based in Indiana, Pa...read more

 
Crystal Pacific Opens Doors

The recently-formed, California-based manufacturer, has opened its corporate headquarters and established production operations at a facility in Riverside...read more

 
Novatech Gets $16.7 Million Investment

The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is investing in the producer of doors and door components as it explores various growth projects...read more

 
FMA Event Will Focus on Information Sharing
The Fenestration Manufacturers Association will focus on sharing best practices with a series of roundtable discussions...read more
 
 
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The Talk

By John G. Swanson, Editor/Associate Publisher

About a year ago, we highlighted a Corning video entitled "A Day Made of Glass" and asked the question, Will You Sell Touchscreen Windows and Door?  It turned out to be one of the most viewed pages of our website last year.

So when someone told me about another video, a demonstration of Samsung's Transparent Smart Window from the 2012 Consumer Electronic Show, I decided I to post it on our site as well. I don't know what kind of timeline Samsung imagines for the introduction of such a product, but the company is already promoting the concept of transparent LCD displays to the OEM market.

Given the similar subject matter of the videos, I thought I'd ask the same poll question we asked a year ago with the Corning video and see if opinions are changing.  When do you see this coming to our industry?  Take our poll and, of course, I'd like to hear your thoughts on the subject. Post a comment or email me and tell us, if you could turn part of a door or window into an iPad, where would you put it?  And if they don't want a fully-functioning computer, what functions would your customers want?  

Interested in Pinterest?

Window and door executives are getting comfortable with Facebook and Twitter, but..read more

How long before touchscreen glass technology moves to building product applications?
5 Years or Less
5 to 10 Years
10 to 20 Years
More than 20 Years
 
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