Smart Windshield

A futuristic concept for blocking that pesky sun on the road.

Motion Tracking - AR Concept
Oct 2017


The Sun is too bright.

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Tell it to go away
We should kill it
Try and tell it to be less bright

Let’s try to cover it up

User Scenario:

You’re driving on the highway and go around a slight bend.

Guess who’s on the other side??

It's the Sun!

Previous Solutions:

You’re forced to do one of two things:

1. Find your sunglasses and wear them for < 15 seconds.
2. Be awkward and try to avoid eye contact.


What if there was a way to detect and dim the brightest spot on the windshield?

The Tech

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Smart Windshield

Light Responsive Auto Tint

Augmenting Reality

Goal: make the Sun less bright for a driver.

Unfortunately, adding more light to a light source only makes the light brighter. So projection based AR will not work for this. Instead, I explored how a transition lens smart windshield material could help solve this daily struggle.

Further Thinking

As I started gathering footage, I realized a lot of it would end up being useless. By trying to film the sensation of driving into the sun, I realized I wouldn't be able to recover the pixels where the sun is.

What I Learned:
Do not stare at sun, do not film sun.

A Fake Sun

Knowing what I just learned, I got new footage and began compositing the fake sun. I had to motion track an object in the background to get the sun to look realistic.

Then I iterated through some solutions to try and find the least intrusive, and most effective solution.

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