Smart glass, also referred to as privacy glass is electric switchable glass with adjustable opacity. It uses electro chromatic technology to interchange between transparency and a translucent state by applying voltage. Liquid crystal polymer or LC smart glass can change from clear to a frosted appearance at the flick of a switch while allowing light to pass through from both sides. Suspended particle devices or SPD smart glass can be adjusted from clear to translucent with varying degrees of opacity.
Smart glass’s popularity and variety of applications is growing constantly due to a number of reasons, a key one being the energy saving benefits it offers. In a world where ever increasing energy needs are creating a global energy crisis, technology that can alleviate this pressure will inevitably be the key to a sustainable environment.
There are many applications for Smart glass electric switchable glass :
- Privacy glass solutions
Smart glass is widely used for internal partitioning and for doors in office buildings due to its ability to interchange between clear and private. Cubicles and offices can provide instant privacy when it is needed.
- Projection screens
Smart glass is ideal for this simple but important function
- Windows and roof lights
allowing control over the amount of light and heat entering or leaving a building can substantially reduce a building’s internal climate control expenses.
- Solar Control
Architects and engineers can use it to create minimalistic interiors without the need for blinds or exterior solar control systems – creating an adjustable environment without unnecessary clutter.
- Hygienic Interiors
It offers superior hygienic properties in comparison to curtains and blinds – especially useful in buildings where hygiene is a major priority such as hospitals and large hospitality establishments
- Smart Homes
Advanced home users can utilize Smart glass in a functional and aesthetic manner. Brilliantly sunlit living areas and bathrooms can instantly become private.
- Display Commercial applications
High profile applications of Smart glass have been seen in upscale marketing events where panels activated in sequence can create impressive outdoor displays. The new Boeing 787 features Smart glass windows which replace the pull down window shades traditionally used in aircraft. NASA is looking into using electro chromatic technology to manage the thermal environment inside their newest spacecraft.
Smart glass (electric switchable glass) can be controlled manually or automatically, automated control can be programmed to switch on or off during certain times of day or the system can be connected to light sensors to activate when a certain level of light is detected. Alternatively it can be programmed to activate with movement sensors. Most ultraviolet light is blocked when Smart glass is opaque, thus providing protection against fabric fading and other adverse effects of UV.
Whether you are looking for Privacy glass, light and heat management or any of the other uses mentioned above, there is clearly no better alternative. This electric switchable glass has versatility which is inexhaustible; its ability to display ambiguous properties and subsequently fulfill roles previously requiring multiple materials will make it indispensable in years to come.