“TransWall” by Heo, Kim, Park, Chung, Lee, et al. …

  • ©Heejeong Heo, Seungki Kim, Hyungkun Park, Jeeyong Chung, Geehyuk Lee, and Woohun Lee


Entry Number: 14





    Nowadays, imagining modern buildings without glass is difficult, and glass walls can be found almost everywhere around us. Glass has been one of the most valued materials owing to its transparency. Glass walls’ transparency in modern architecture involves two contradictory characteristics: visual continuity and spatial discontinuity. Even though we can see everything through a glass wall, we can hardly hear the sound and cannot touch anything on the opposite side of the wall. Although a glass wall facilitates interpersonal communications beyond a partition, it simultaneously blocks deeper interactions. Can the glass wall be made into an even richer communication medium?

    What would it be like to embed the type of transparent display seen in the movie Avatar in a large glass wall? People can face one another and touch objects on the screen to enjoy gaming. Furthermore, what if a glass wall can transmit the sound or touch from a user to the other side? We propose a concept called “TransWall,” which allows interpersonal multimodal interactions through a glass wall.


    Joseph L. Flatley. (Jan. 7, 2010). Samsung’s 14-inch transparent OLED laptop. Retrieved from http://www.engadget.com/2010/ 01/07/samsungs-14-inch-transparent-oled-laptop-video/


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