Sure we could apply electrical motors to some types of windows, or include different films to windows to accomplish unique degrees of darkening however we don’t actually look at these as high technology guarantee gratification.
While I think of high technology windows I tend to think of these things like star trek. OK so Star trek might be a little on the top but when the idea of high tech windows comes into mind that I tend to think of over a simple window that opened with a crank handle or sash pull. Allowed windows have come a very long way in technology which we do not see. Low e glass is just one that we often don’t think about. A technology that has been around for several decades, it cuts back on the harmful UV light that enters our homes disappearing our carpets and furniture, it also reduces the quantity of surplus heat during warmer weather cutting heating costs by a large percentage. It can also be used, based on how the film is applied to the window, to reflect heat into your house through the winter months thus saving on heating costs.
I can remember as a child seeing those late fifties early sixties news actual type shows that depicted the house of the future with smart appliances as well as smart windows and doors. A lot of these shows that dealt with ancient notions and early ideas about how technology may be utilized in the future have observed those ideas come to fruition.
All these kinds of appliances have come of age and embraced some type of smart technology. But what happened to the innovations we were informed could be coming for windows?
S P G or switchable privacy glass was one innovation that was called to be commonplace in the house by the year 2000. Photo grey windows like the glass used in optical lenses had been considered would likewise be commonplace by now but aren’t.
The genuine photo grey technology used in optical lenses proved to be too expensive for window application. But other tinting or automatic darkening technology does exist but is normally still too expensive to become commonplace in windows. It’s nevertheless a technology that is in use in certain industrial applications.
Another technology for example switchable privacy glass has actually made it into customer-based product production at one time or another but with very limited success. Not for lack of interest from the technology by in big but instead due to the failure of this technology to meet the needs of consumers or simply the failure of this technology to deliver as promised.
The Milgard window firm actually set a version of smart switchable privacy glass dividers to manufacturing for customer windows. The windows appeared to be well received but Milgard has been made to abandon production due to technology failures leading to an unacceptable rate of recurrence and basic dissatisfaction of customers using the item. They have abandoned the idea for today in favour of a car tinting window technology that’s still under development.
Other window companies also have had similar experiences with switchable privacy glass. However, the notion is not dead actually it’s had a current revival at Indiana university where the biggest switchable privacy glass job ever undertaken was finish on the Health Information and Transitional Sciences Building using SPD light control film made by Hitachi.
Though this again is a commercial program for a new technology it talks of trust for future consumer window products. Generally, new technologies that arrive at the consumer market place are proven in the commercial arena.
A lot of what were once thought of as”space-age” window technology has come to become realities, but not many of them have become consumer affordable realities yet, and I stress the word yet.