Colorful, see-through solar cells invented at the University of Michigan could one day be used to make stained-glass windows, decorations and even shades that turn the sun's energy into electricity.
Imagine an electronic display nearly as clear as a window, or a curtain that illuminates a room, or a smartphone screen that doubles in size, stretching like rubber. Now imagine all of these being made from the same material.
UCLA researchers have developed a new transparent solar cell that could allow windows to generate electricity.
BASF and Philips have developed an OLED car roof that can flip between acting as a window and a light source, giving light when switched on but becoming transparent when turned off.
Stanford University scientist Yi Cui says he wants a see-through iPhone - and he's done his bit to help create one by developing a transparent battery.
Those of us who have problems with glass elevators could be grounded for good, if Airbus's new concept plane becomes a reality.
Samsung's started producing a range of LCD panels which are transparent enough to see through, and which are claimed to cut energy consumption by 90 percent.