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After five years of research and development, green tech company Soladigm is emerging from stealth mode to reveal the future of glass.
The flagship product is called Dynamic Glass. It applies electrochromic technology to windows so that its glass automatically adapts to outside conditions. The technology makes the windows “smart” by predicting the angle at which the sun will strike and at what intensity throughout the day, using this to determine what level of tint will bring about the greatest comfort for people inside. The glass transitions accordingly from clear to tinted to control the amount of light and heat that enter a building.
Preliminary testing has shown that the system reduces energy consumption by around 25 percent, although the benefits are not only ecological. Installing Dynamic Glass also opens up architecture and design possibilities. It allows for full views, unobstructed window treatments or glare, and optimal amounts of natural light.
Along with its emergence from stealth mode and rebranding to View Inc, it’s also announcing that it will showcase the glass at the W Hotel in San Francisco in the lobby and lounge areas. Other commercial applications could include in schools, offices, hospitals, restaurants, museums, and residential homes.
During the development process, Soladigm (now View) raised $116 million, with the most recent $55 million Series D in June. At last, Dynamic Glass is available for commercial use. View is headquartered in Milpitas, Calif., with a manufacturing facility in Mississippi. Read more on VentureBeat.