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Transoptive Glass

No other innovation has become the face of modern technology quite like transoptive glass. A material that defines the aesthetic of a generation, this special responsive see-through material has a handful of very special properties that have made it the definitive face of the turn of the millennium. Transoptive glass in its natural state is perfectly clear, but the addition of certain currents carrying specialized signals can change its crystalline structure in highly controllable non-uniform ways. On its own, this gives the material access to a transformation that controlled its first commercial feature, the change from transparency to translucence to complete opacity at the turn of a knob. But when the frequencies and signals were increased and accelerated, new uses came into view for this humble medium.

The correct frequency along a sheet of transoptive glass allows it to send a progressive pulse of altered opacity and reflectiveness at up to 65Hz. This meant that a synchronized light signal at the same hertz range would show up on the surface of the glass as a clear, high-refresh display. Because this material is also relatively inexpensive, this triggered an immediate surge in the popularity of transoptive displays for all devices large to small. Further, for smaller device screens, an interlaced signal across an illuminated sheet could produce an easy-to-read and aesthetically fashionable monochromatic display output at a tenth of the expensive of larger, multicolor displays.

This glass can also change shape when tempered through certain procedures and can sustain its morphological changes even when un-powered through others. This increased the uses of the material from windows, to signage, to computer monitors, to portable computers, to responsive optical lenses, to data storage. Current experiments are looking to see if the effects of the glass work in reverse, changing solar radiation into electrical signals. If these experiments are successful and effective, it would mean the dawn of a new era of solar power using a ubiquitous material already in use in nearly every commercial window and electronic device.