Everywhere we look we're surrounded by "smart" technology embedded into everyday items. Refrigerators have built-in televisions and internet connections, while our phones contain more computing power than a NASA control room from the '70s. Automakers are also ready to ride the tech-train to tomorrow, and Toyota has provided a glimpse of a new way to give passengers a window to the world.

A car already has such a window, but what if the glass was able to provide both information of the world outside and an interactive tool to view it. Engineers and designers from Toyota Motor Europe and the Copenhagen Instituted of Interaction Design have begun thinking about the future, and it could feature a rather unique option for the rear windows. Touch-screen glass would allow one to see how far objects lie in the distance, pinch to zoom on an area outside and to generally learn more about what's going on outside.

It's called the Window to the World concept, and you can experience it by watching the video after the jump.


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      AldenBiesen
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great tool for driving through Europe's red light districts. Usually the girls behind the windows are too far from the street to see their faces and other attributes. I like.
      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would MUCH rather have my kids doing this on a road trip than staring at a TV screen.
        pinyatapbjtime
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        this is exactly what i was thinking. rather them enjoy scenery/landscape/environment than a movie or tv show.
      george k
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is incredible. I was watching a cheesy 80's movie the other day, and the characters were on a road trip counting how many different types of rest stops there were, the kinds of cars they saw, and generally making games out of watching the world around them. With the advent of portable video games and back seat DVD systems, that sort of appreciation has been lost in favor of vehicular isolationism. A tool like this could get people once again interacting with the world around them.
      Kyl R
      • 3 Years Ago
      Am I the only that noticed this was a car commercial featuring a child not wearing a safety belt?
      Bruno Nekic
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow! Go Toyota and CIID!
      jbm0866
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anyone else not too thrilled about giving kids an actual reason to put their grimy, sticky fingers on the inside window glass? I can appreciate the concept, but..
      dontneedpants
      • 3 Years Ago
      Seems this could be more useful in buildings instead of cars. She has to lean forward constantly to get a straight-on viewing angle.
      Bruno Nekic
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why is everybody so concerned about this child not wearing a seatbelt in EUROPE!? This video is for demonstration purposes only are you people that ignorant?
      Delia Potter
      • 3 Years Ago
      I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, BidsOut .com
      murdoxxx
      • 3 Years Ago
      I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, CoolCent. ├žom
      Bob Chen
      • 3 Years Ago
      Too bad the screen doesn't prompt the kid to buckle up.
      Curtis
      • 3 Years Ago
      Way to advertise unsafe driving. The child is clearly not wearing a seat-belt at any time during the video. How can such a renowned company as Toyota put their name on this video? The corvette dream commercial comes to mind, it was lambasted by all sorts of child safety advocates because it displayed a child acting out an obvious dream. I can see this video getting torn apart by those same people for more legitimate reasons. And honestly, I'm not impressed with this technology, I'm sure it'll cost more than an Ipad to have installed if and when it's real, so why not just get your kid an Ipad that can do all the same things plus more.
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