This may be the first point in our lives that architecture and design has been fundamentally transformed by a pandemic; however, it is not the first time in human history. Los Angeles established a Housing Commission in 1906 to investigate the living conditions in slum courts by condemnation of unsanitary plumbing, New York’s infrastructure moved away from the infection-prone tenement housing during the 19th century, and London’s infrastructure was reforming after the 1954 Cholera Epidemic.
Features and Benefits
The PDLC switchable privacy glass application can be used in many innovative ways. Here is a summary of some of the main features and benefits of using PDLC switchable privacy glass:
As previously noted, one of the most common misconceptions relates to clarity of the PDLC technology because of customers’ preexisting expectation that the optical clarity will be the same as with regular float glass. That level of clarity is not possible with PDLC products, however, as they contain liquid crystal materials that optically manipulate light; therefore, glass products with PDLC technology naturally have some level of haziness to them (even regular glass has some haze, albeit at much more extreme lighting conditions). This haziness effect with PDLC glass products is magnified at larger viewing angles and with certain high-intensity lighting conditions. This, however, does not detract from its wide-ranging use as a practical alternative.
From our television and computer screens to our smart phones and watches, liquid crystal displays (LCD’s) are something we use every day. But, has anyone stopped to consider how this technology works? The answer is actually quite simple.
Smart Glass varies its light transmission properties under light, thermal, and electrical influences. Smart Glass has two broad categories: passive and active. The passive subcategory, includes thermochromic and photochromic. The active subcategory, includes electrochromic (EC), suspended particle devices (SPD), and polymer dispersed liquid crystal(PDLC).
Released in the summer of 2018, Polyvision® Infinity film and glass has become the new industry standard. Polytronix, Inc.® has taken smart glass to a new height with their new Polyvision® Infinity products.
What separates Polyvision® Infinity from the rest? First to be addressed is the viewing angle. The viewing angles of Polyvision® Infinity is improved to nearly no visible haze. Both curved and flat Polyvision® Infinity smart glass have excellent clarity at all angles.
This improvement is only the beginning of what sets Polyvision® Infinity apart from the current industry standard. Whether at home or in the office, it is important for smart glass to not only serve as a unique feature, but serve as a functional part of the space. Polyvision® Infinity has a faster switching speed than Polyvision® Standard. With a lower haze and a faster switching speed, Polyvision® Infinity is both visually more clear and creates privacy or opens up a space at the flip of a switch.