What Happened to Window Technology?


Guide How Technology Works on Window

woman using laptopWe had been told to expect such things as windows that could open and shut themselves based on a schedule or by a few wise technologies that could regulate inside temperature more efficiently. There was also speculation of windows which would lighten or darken to filter out heat, light, and UV by turning a knob or flipping a switch. Yet here we are decades after those promises were made with limited window technology accessible.

About the only window technology accessible to customers that’s easily accessible and cost-effective is low e glass or several thermal pane windows. Sure we could apply electric motors into some kinds of windows, or add unique movies to windows to achieve various levels of darkening but we do not really look at these as high technology guarantee fulfillment.

When I think of high technology windows I have a tendency to think of such matters as star trek. OK so Star trek may be a bit over the top but if the notion of high technology windows comes to mind I often think of more than a simple window which started with a crank handle or sash pull. Allowed windows have come a long way in technology which we do not see. Low e glass is one that we often don’t consider. A technology that’s existed for several decades, it cuts down on the harmful UV light which enters our homes evaporating our rugs and furniture, in addition, it reduces the quantity of extra heat during warmer weather cutting cooling costs by a huge percentage. It may also be used, depending on the way the film is placed on the window, to reflect heat back into the house during cold months thus saving on heating costs.

I can recall as a kid seeing those late fifties early sixties news real kind indicates that depicted the house of the future with intelligent appliances in addition to smart doors and windows. Much of these shows that dealt with ancient concepts and ancient ideas about how technology may be utilized in the long run have observed those ideas come to fruition.

You can go into almost any home and find wise appliances such as refrigerators and ranges, heating and air conditioning systems, even water heaters and washing machines. All these kinds of appliances have come of age and adopted some sort of smart technology. However, what happened to the inventions we had been told could be coming for windows?

S P G or switchable privacy glass was just one invention that was predicted to be commonplace in the home by the year 2000. That technology does exist but is not commonplace. Photo gray windows like the glass used in optical lenses were considered would likewise be commonplace by now but aren’t.

The actual photo gray technology such as that used in optical lenses proved to be too expensive for window programs. However, other tinting or automatic darkening technology does exist but is generally still too expensive to be commonplace in windows. It’s however a technology that’s in use in some industrial applications.

Another technology such as switchable privacy glass has really made it into customer-based product production at one time or another but with very limited success. Not for lack of interest in the technology by in large but instead due to the failure of the technology to fulfill the needs of customers or just the failure of the technology to deliver as promised.

The Milgard window company really put a version of smart switchable privacy glass windows into manufacturing for consumer 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 overall dissatisfaction of customers with the product. They’ve abandoned the idea for today at least in favor of a car tinting window technology that’s still under development.

Other window companies also have had similar encounters with switchable privacy glass. But the idea isn’t dead in fact it’s had a recent revival in Indiana university where the biggest switchable privacy glass project ever undertaken was complete on the Health Information and Transitional Sciences Building with SPD light control film created by Hitachi.

Although this is a commercial program for a new technology it speaks of hope for future consumer window solutions. Broadly, new technologies that arrive at the consumer market place are proven in the commercial arena.

Many of what were once thought of as”space-age” window technology have come to be realities, but not a lot have become consumer economical realities however, and I stress the word yet.