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How Transmissive Film Works

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How Transmissive Film Works: Author's Note

God bless the good people at 3M. If it were up to me to come up with the next technological innovation, we’d all still be chipping away at animal skins with sharpened flint. But somehow researchers at companies like 3M figure out how to manufacture a sheet of polymer that is 62 millionths of a meter in thickness. Not only that, but the impossibly thin polymer is embedded with strategically designed reflectors and refractors and prisms that actually serve a useful purpose. Next time you marvel at the clarity and brightness of your iPad screen, give a silent shout out to these guys.

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