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Hello fellow dinosaurs! Meet the future of glazing systems. Really cool technology becoming more affordable! OK.. I know what you're going to say, "but it's too expensive for the average architect to incorporate into the building envelope" and "there will always be glass to tint" Take a look at the technology in the cell phone/ computer in your hand that cost almost nothing to produce. Then think about it...what if the federal government mandates this product in the name of global warming by some slimey politicians with a stake in a company like this and it becomes the law to use this technology. At the rapid pace of technology this could be the new building standard in 5 years. Just thinking beyond film here. Your thoughts?

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From what I've read over the last 20 years on this technology is that it doesn't work for very long. When it hits its life cycle it either "stays on" or "off"

Maybe manufacturing and components have gotten better. However it is cool and hopefully doesn't become popular for decades to come

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I can see in the not so distant future wide spread use of smart glass. Building owners will be forced to use more energy efficient glass systems if they want to get a building permit. It is happening nationally in residential construction. Tougher mass checks and minimum R19 walls.

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i met with a company years ago who were making this product,they were out of long island.they wanted my opinion.i told them it would never work on cars.i didnt even like the way it worked on flat glass.if you press hard on the film,the 'gel' would slide to the sides and leave a clear hole.i also didnt like the clear border around the edge.they would seam it with 'black tape'.just not clean enough product for me,especially for the large price tag

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If they are talking about smart glass, it is actually >decade-old technology.

- The property builders/developers incorporate them in high-profit premium projects.

- However, the suppliers/distributors don't make good money at all.

- The developers or architectural can source for them cheaper because it is a simple technology. There are so many factories now and the manufacturers are competing to survive. Eg:-

http://www.alibaba.com/trade/search?SearchText=smart+glass&Country=&IndexArea=product_en&fsb=y

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If they are talking about smart glass, it is actually >decade-old technology.

- The property builders/developers incorporate them in high-profit premium projects.

- However, the suppliers/distributors don't make good money at all.

- The developers or architectural can source for them cheaper because it is a simple technology. There are so many factories now and the manufacturers are competing to survive. Eg:-

http://www.alibaba.c...roduct_en&fsb=y

Correct! Decade old technology "yes" but look at the speed of technology. As the ROI becomes shorter and as cost continue to drop it will become a standard in the building envelope.

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The right window film will always be a better choice for the property owner. It costs less and works better. It last longer has no maintenance requirement and is inexpensive to replace.

What is the replacement cost of smart windows? Can any glazer do it or does it require special training and skills. One broken smart window will probably eat up five years of energy savings in replacement cost.

Will those smart windows hold shattered glass together?

The only people that benefit are the architects that get a bigger commission from a more expensive product.

Window film is still the most beneficial and cost effective home improvement available.

But we are tinters here and knew that already.

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