Mercedes-Benz’ MAGIC SKY CONTROL Using Research Frontiers’ SPD-SmartGlass Technology Is A Finalist For AJAC’S 2012 Automobile Technology Award
The MAGIC SKY CONTROL glass roof using SPD-SmartGlass technology gives drivers and passengers the ability to change the tint of their car’s roof from dark to clear instantly with the press of a button.
February 13, 2012 – Mercedes-Benz’ MAGIC SKY CONTROL dimmable glass roof using Research Frontiers (Nasdaq: REFR) patented SPD-SmartGlass™ technology has been named one of eleven finalists for the 2012 Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) Technology Award. The winner will be announced at the opening of the Canadian International Auto Show which begins February 17, 2012 in Toronto.
The MAGIC SKY CONTROL feature uses patented SPD-SmartGlass technology developed by Research Frontiers Inc. to give drivers and passengers the ability to change the tint of their car’s roof from dark to clear instantly with the press of a button. Videos of MAGIC SKY CONTROL with SPD-SmartGlass technology can be seen on Research Frontiers’ YouTube channel.
Nanoparticles suspended in a film manufactured by Hitachi Chemical Company under license from Research Frontiers allow users to control, automatically or with the push of a button, the tint from between very dark (blocking over 99.5% of visible light, which is about 50-60 times darker than a typical sunroof) to about twice as clear as an ordinary sunroof. The new Mercedes-Benz SLK and SL roadsters are the first large-scale series production vehicles to use Research Frontiers’ patented SPD-Smart light-control technology.
Made with patented SPD light-control film developed by Research Frontiers, SPD-SmartGlass is the world’s fastest-switching variably tintable glazing technology. It is the only dimmable window technology that gives users the ability to instantly and precisely control the level of shading to any point between very dark and clear. This provides exceptional control over solar energy while also adding to user comfort and protecting interiors. Available in both glass and lightweight polycarbonate substrates, SPD-Smart products – windows, sunroofs, skylights, doors, partitions and more – are laminated glazings that offer a distinctive combination of energy efficiency and security, can be controlled manually or automatically, and are available in custom sizes and fabrications for original equipment, new construction, replacement and retrofit projects.
The Research Frontiers licensees involved with the production of the Mercedes-Benz MAGIC SKY CONTROL roof include Hitachi Chemical, which manufactures the SPD-Smart light-control film in Japan. Automotive glass companies Nippon Sheet Glass in Japan and Pilkington in Germany then process and laminate Hitachi’s SPD film into the glass for the MAGIC SKY CONTROL roof. SPD Control Systems and Research Frontiers have also jointly licensed intellectual property to Daimler AG regarding the electronics to control the SPD-SmartGlass in various Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
More information about the 2012 AJAC Automobile Technology Award and MAGIC SKY CONTROL is available in this industry press article. For information about the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada, visit the association’s website.
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