Smart Glass Based on Micro-Blinds (MEMS)

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June 22, 2012 - 2:00pm
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90-3122
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At the National Research Council, Canada we are developing a new type of smart glass based on micro-blinds (MEMS).  The micro-blinds are tiny  stressed metallic foils curling up once released or rolling down once actuated using electrostatic forces. Such smart glass is characterized by fast switching speed, UV-temperature insensitive and neutral  appearance.   Recent results will be presented as a well as our demo.   Transmittance and thermal characteristics will also be addressed.  There are various possible  applications in building, automotive, aerospace as well as in display sectors. A video briefly describing the technology is available: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqwL2egaqYY  Moreover a recent market report forecasts $4.2 billion sales of smart glass in 2016, and includes the micro-blinds.  

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