Smart Glass

Sara Johns Automation, Blog

How smart is your home?  Is it smart glass smart?

How about smart glass for your smart home? Can you control the tint of your windows with your phone? If not, you’ll want to after reading this.

Are smart shades a thing of the past? I don’t think so. However, there are other options. For those who like the clean industrial look, or who just don’t care for shades, there is smart glass. What is smart glass you ask? Read on to learn about two different types of smart glass.

The first type of smart glass is true smart glass. They are windows with the technology right inside. This is a more expensive option as it replaces your existing windows. It comes in different colors, tints and coatings. They even offer soundproofing as an option.

Here’s how it works. Smart glass is a laminated glass product with a Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal (PDLC) film sandwiched between two layers of glass and two layers of conductive interlayers. This PDLC film is what allows you to change the visual appearance of the glass from opaque to clear.

When electricity is applied to the film the liquid crystals line up, changing the glass from opaque to clear. Conversely when electricity is removed, the liquid crystals return to their normal scattered positions changing the glass back to opaque. This process happens in the blink of an eye. Glass Apps and InvisiShade both offer this technology.

The second type of smart glass is a laminate. No need to replace any windows with this. You can just measure and cut then peel and stick it right on. Once it’s installed, place the quarter sized conducting clip on the film, plug into the WiFi transformer, and use your smartphone to control it. Opaque to clear and back. It can also be used as a projection screen. Sonte Film and Smart Tint are just a few of the companies that offer this laminate.

It wouldn’t truly be smart glass unless you could control it through your home automation system. Both the smart glass windows and films are programmable with your switches and dimmers. They can easily be set to control the amount of light and heat that enters and exits a building at various times of day and seasons. The energy savings can be substantial. If you’re ready to save money and enjoy privacy in the blink of an eye, contact us today.