Trying to think of the mechanics of it. You'd want to be able to spray it without running your windshield wiper or you'd be defeating the purpose. And you'd want it to cover the whole windshield. Might work on ice if you started a place for it to work under, but I don't think it'd work too well on snow buildup.
Ok, now that we have the price issue settled. What do we think about the concept of heating the fluid?
I'd never concider purchasing one at that crazy price, at $30 I might.. But the concept of heating the fluid to help melt the ice/snow is quite intresting. We wouldnt have to worry about the right type of fluid to buy & hope it works.
I can see the concept making it's way into the real world on thoes high prices cars in the future along with the heaetd blades.
I looked at the heated blades.. still cant decide. I always thought that some type of heated strip at the bottom of the windshield would work great. On all our trucks, the defroster keeps the windshield clear of ice, then it refreezes at the bottom, causing a bigger and bigger glob of ice. I've looked hi and low for something like this... no one makes it. Hey, sounds like a marketing idea... OK everyone forget it! I've got to run to the patent office!
i made a heat exchanger that ive been using in my trucks since 1990 ,all you do is wrap 1/4 in. tubing around a foot long piece of copper pipe and put it inline with your heater hose ,then cut your wiper hose and extend it to fit the heat exchanger -then wrap the whole unit in a piece of pipe insulation,it works great -especially if you have a remote starter in that truck
The company that makes the kit JCW sells, contacted me last year, wanting me to put a link to them on my web site. When they told me the price, I didn't think it was worth it. I also thought along the same lines as Alan, hot liquid+cold glass=?
I could just get a tv installed in my truck, and Then I can watch the local weather guessers be wrong whiles Im out plowing the storm they didnt predict or Im out sitting in my truck waiting for the storm they predicted that never showed.
First, you must have a TV tuner with a Diversity Antenna. They work much better than rabbit ears or those boomarang looking things. Plus when they are installed, you can't really see them.
Second, the closer you are to the transmitting location the steadier the picture. What I have found is you really must be within 30 miles of the transmitter for it to work well while moving.
Third, the terrain has allot to do with it also. The higher the better, or the flatter the better. When I am out at Indy for the F1 race, we can drive all around Indianapolis with a great picture. It is flat as a pancake out there!
Unfortunately, I live directly inbetween Phila. and Baltimore. Around here, I really must be stopped and in a high spot for it to work well. But, if I drive 20 min. in either direction, it gets better.