smart glass

Smart glass, simple design: Ferroelectric tungsten trioxide allows for single-layer color-changing display

By Lisa McDonald / May 3, 2024

Optical devices traditionally require numerous layers to guide and transform light to achieve the desired result. Researchers at The Ohio State University showed that only a single layer of epsilon-phase tungsten trioxide, which they just experimentally confirmed is ferroelectric, can be used to create color-changing smart windows.

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Video: Glass-walled restrooms open to the public in Japan

By Lisa McDonald / August 26, 2020

Toilets are likely one of the last technologies people associate with innovation, but creating high-tech toilets is big business in Japan. And innovating the bathroom experience is not just limited to personal and private settings—the new Tokyo Toilet project looks to dispel perceptions that public toilets are dark, dirty, and smelly.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / March 21, 2018

Trace of manganese in graphene catalysts suggests better ultrathin fuel-cell components, solar cells could work come rain or shine with a TENG, and other materials stories that may be of interest for March 21, 2018.

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New smart window glass changes from clear to dark in nearly 30 seconds

By Faye Oney / August 11, 2017

Stanford University researchers have developed a smart window that can switch from transparent to dark in 30 seconds. The new smart glass has the potential to be used in buildings, automobiles, and even eyeglasses.

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Hallo window tint in an office-before and after

Self-tinting electrochromic glass windows eliminate need for window coverings

By Faye Oney / May 2, 2017

We have smartphones, smart homes, and now—smart windows. Kinestral Technologies recently introduced Halio, a glass window product that uses electrochromic technology to tint on command.

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Novel luminescent nanoparticles embedded into glass pave way for high-tech future

By Stephanie Liverani / June 14, 2016

In the mission to make glass smarter, researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia have developed a method for embedding light-emitting nanoparticles into glass without losing any of the nanoparticles’ unique properties.

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New tech uses metal layered on glass to boost light transmission and conductivity

By Stephanie Liverani / February 19, 2016

Researchers at the University of British Columbia (Canada) have developed a new glass tech concept that layers metal on glass to selectively filter light and heat waves to enhance conductivity.

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Welcome to a high-tech new year—Five new consumer electronics trends debut at CES 2016

By Stephanie Liverani / January 5, 2016

The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show kicked off in Las Vegas yesterday, and media outlets on the scene are already reporting on the latest tech to debut at the show. Here are five trends we’re seeing.

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Scaling up: Three materials manufacturing trends to watch in honor of National Manufacturing Day

By Stephanie Liverani / October 2, 2015

Today, manufacturing companies and other organizations all over the country are expected to host about 400,000 people who want a first-hand look into U.S. manufacturing. And we’ve provided a roundup of the latest materials manufacturing trends we’ve covered at CTT.

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By April Gocha / April 3, 2015

Blasch Precision Ceramics feels pressure, smart glass start-up raises millions, and other ceramics and glass business news of the week for April 3, 2015.

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