Never Wash a Window Again

MIT researchers have developed glass that cleans itself. Is spring cleaning without window washing in our future?

Big brains at MIT have developed a glass of the future that cleans itself and resists fogging and glare — our idea of the perfect picture window.

Based on nanotechnology, the new “multifunctional” glass is created with coating and etching techniques to produce microscopic cones that prevent reflection and cause water droplets to bounce off, taking dirt and dust with them.

If manufacturing costs can be contained, MIT researchers are envisioning applying this miracle glass to solar panels, smartphone and television screens, and even windows.

Could this mean the end of spring cleaning window washing?

How much would you pay for windows that clean themselves?