Smart Glass Technologies

What is Smart Glass?

A primer on the basic functionality of various smart glass technologies.

What is Electrochromic Glass?

Electrochromic glass changes transmittance if triggered by a low voltage direct current.

What is SPD Glass?

Suspended Particle Devices (SPD) is a technology patented by Research Frontiers Inc. and allows a voltage-driven, reversible and variable change in transmittance.

What is PDLC Glass?

Polymer-Dispersed Liquid Crystal (PDLC) glass is a voltage-driven technology, which allows a variation in glass transmittance, changing between translucent and transparent.

Translucent Concrete and Smart Glass

Translucent concrete combines tiny plastic or glass particles into concrete. What if we combined this material with smart glass, so we could ‘switch off the wall’ on demand?

What is Photochromic (Photo-Optic) Glass?

Photochromic (or Photo-Optic) glass changes its transmittance from opaque to transparent whenever struck by photons of light.

What is Thermochromic (Thermo-Optic) Glass?

Thermochromic (Thermo-Optic) glass changes its transmittance based on a change in temperature.

What is Nano-Textured Glass?

Nano-textured glass features nanometre-sized 3D patterns, etched on the glass surface, allowing high-reflectance or anti-reflectance capabilities. This offers improvement over thin-film deposition techniques, bringing the surface reflectance down to just 0.2%.

What is MicroBlinds-Based Glass?

Microblind-based glass changes the transmittance of glass from opaque to transparent (and back) by actuating micron-sized shutters inside the glass structure.