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Ford Awarded Patent for Heat-Activated Body Panel Images

Ford Awarded Patent for Heat-Activated Body Panel Images

 Source:AutoGuide | Publication date: Dec 16, 2016 | Author(s):Stephen Elmer

Our ever-observant friends at AutoGuide have once again spotted an interesting new automotive industry patent, this time one granted to Ford.

Issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the patent involves a technique where heat is used to render graphic images exposed to moisture on body panels.

Ford illustrates the patent by providing an example in which a Mustang with the pony logo on the hood is revealed to passengers as the snow melts on its surface. The technology makes use of heat-absorbing and emitting thermal structures that are placed inside the hood and connected to a controller.

As graphics can be revealed on body panels through a combination of heat and moisture, the technology could provide some momentarily compelling possibilities.

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  1. sfbreh
    arutherford
    I wonder if their could actually be a safety component to this. In wet conditions, a warning strip shows up on the side of a vehicle or some such.

    We all know how a lot of drivers dont put on their lights int he rain and that would help.


    It's a cheap gimmick for kids and retards.

    I once had a blue oatmeal bowl that turned white in the heat. Was that a safety feature?
    Andrew_L
    arutherford
    I wonder if their could actually be a safety component to this. In wet conditions, a warning strip shows up on the side of a vehicle or some such.

    We all know how a lot of drivers dont put on their lights int he rain and that would help.


    what about with door handles I remember up north when they would freeze making life fun.
    mrickan
    The technology would be very expensive to implement, but imagine if you could embed ads in body panels and customize them in real-time based on certain metrics...?

    Minority Report here we come. :cool:
    arutherford
    I wonder if their could actually be a safety component to this. In wet conditions, a warning strip shows up on the side of a vehicle or some such.

    We all know how a lot of drivers dont put on their lights int he rain and that would help.
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