The problem with starting a new feature during a new year, like, just hypothetically, running a sort of themed post on the first weekend of the month, is that when the first weekend of the month rolls around, you actually have to remember to post that. Which I did not last week, making this Something Better post a little bit late, but here we go! With the super winter storms that have been abounding this year, let’s consider the handy rear window defrosters on pretty much any car ever. Essentially the ‘high tech’ solution is to print or paint on a layer of conductive filament, that has a resistance such that when an electrical current flows through it it gives off enough heat to warm the window and melt the ice. My question is, why hasn’t someone come up with something better? Something that doesn’t involve black lines painted all over the place, something clear that could be used on front and side windows also? Safety glass is already a composite laminate material, so why not sandwich a defrost layer in there made of some clear conducive material?
Image via pbsrc.com.