Sun Innovations: sci-fi glass displays become reality

A Fremont company has won the Oscar of technology: The annual R&D 100 Award was awarded to a company that invented Media Glass, an invention right out of the film Minority Report.
In the film, actor …

A Fremont company has won the Oscar of technology: The annual R&D 100 Award was awarded to a company that invented Media Glass, an invention right out of the film Minority Report. In the film, actor Tom Cruise sees right through the images on his monitor, which may just sound like science fiction to some people, but not to Ted Sun of Sun Innovations, Fremont, California, the company that invented the product. I see in movies like Avatar and Minority Report that people put information on glass, Sun said. This technology can do it now. Sun is talking about Media Glass, an invention that combines an invisible laser beam with a thin nano-technology film. One layer turns red in a spot of laser light, while another turns green and a third turns blue. Each layer is made of particles so tiny that visible light passes right through them. The coating can be put on any material, clear or not. And, since it is completely absorbed by the coating, the laser beam does not pass through. In fact, the film could be built right into an automobile windshield.