Bad News for Windex — MIT Invents Self-Cleaning Glass

In fifty years, people might not even know what cleaning windows is all about.

The people at Windex are not going to be happy about MIT’s latest innovation.  Apparently, the technology aficinados have managed to create a new type of glass that is self-cleaning.  Not only that, but it also cannot be fogged up and is automatically anti-glare.  It even stops reflections.

The glass repels water by nanoscale cones on its surface.  That is really, really small cones that are imperceptible to the human eye.  To give you a frame of reference, the cones on the glass are over 1,000 times smaller than your average lock of human hair.

While a self-cleaning glass has obvious benefits from not having to be cleaned, it goes a lot further than that.  For starters, if the glass can be mass produced at the right price, it would be a shoe-in for smartphones and tablets because it would stay clean and be smudge-free.  It could also be a great surface glass for television screens and car windows alike because of its anti-glare and reflection properties.  And it would be a huge boon for the solar panel industry.  Solar panels become much less effective when dirty, but self-cleaning glass would allow them to produce at maximum efficiency all the time.

Imagine how much money could be saved if skyscrapers didn’t have to worry about their window panes in high floors ever being cleaned.  Then again, look at how many jobs might be eliminated.  With everything, there is a pro and con.