"Change it back to the show about the jars and petrified wood!"
Fun fact: all LCD panels are transparent.
Your monitor/tv panel has a very bright white light diffuser which gives you a really uniform backlighting sandwiched right behind the LCD layer. Without illumination the individual pixels are quite dim (remember game boys? Remember those goofy old light accessories for them?).
You can make your own transparent LCD panel by carefully prying apart an existing lcd. The tricky part is mounting it in a way that supports its entire weight properly, and providing backlighting that is both bright enough and uniform enough to provide a good picture.
The technology on show here is as old as LCDs, but the engineering is the impressive part.
Within 10 years, store windows will be made out of these
I think getting deep blacks on that might be difficult.
If used as a window, what would the other side look like?
The way humans have figured out how to manipulate materials to accomplish things like this astounds me. We have come so far in such a short period of time.
Damn, imagine turning off my tv and BAM, all my buttplugs are lined up all nicely behind the screen.
Now imagine your car windshield is made of this stuff.
Add a pair of cameras, one looking at where your eyes are moment by moment and the other looking at oncoming traffic.
Do a little math and display little red circles where the headlights are relative to your line of sight. The circles are just large enough to block the headlights and nothing more. The rest of the windshield remains clear. As the cars move, the circles move to block the oncoming headlights. The circles let a bit of light through so you know the cars are there but not so much as to blind you from the glare.
Presto, your night vision isn't harmed by the oncoming headlights. In fact, the oncoming headlights add illumination to the rest of your field of vision.