Architectural Record BE - Building Enclosure

Smart Glass Solutions for Interior Commercial Structures

Innovative switchable glass products using polymer dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) technology provide privacy on demand and other benefits for a range of applications
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Sponsored by Polytronix, Inc.
By Robyn M. Feller
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Emerging Trends

In addition to the commercial applications noted above, there are some other emerging trends regarding use of this technology, including residential retrofits. Industry leaders are also seeing increased use of the technology with rear projection on the glass, privacy folding partitions for boardrooms (open concept), as well as an uptick in usage in health-care environments as a means of infection control. The following two industry case studies touch upon some of these applications.


Conclusion

PDLC film-enabled glass products can provide ease of control, privacy-on-demand functionality, and a host of design benefits for a multitude of interior glazing applications, such as conference rooms, patient consultation rooms, and commercial-space bathrooms, to name a few. As smart glass technologies continue to evolve, these innovative solutions will surely continue to revolutionize the industry.


Robyn M. Feller is a freelance writer and editor specializing in the architecture, design, and construction industry. www.linkedin.com/in/robynfeller



“Polytronix

Polytronix, Inc. a U.S. based company located in Richardson, Texas, has been an innovator in design, manufacturing, and marketing of liquid crystal displays for over 35 years. Our displays are used in medical, aviation, aerospace, marine, automotive, and other industrial applications. Our PolyvisionTM Switchable Privacy Glass continue to be a source of design inspiration worldwide. www.polytronixglass.com

 

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