Smithsonian and VariGuard Presenting at Washington Conservation Guild’s Event: “Outsmarting Light: SmartGlass Technology in Exhibitions”

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Smithsonian and VariGuard Presenting at Washington Conservation Guild’s Event: “Outsmarting Light: SmartGlass Technology in Exhibitions”.pdf

Smithsonian and VariGuard Presenting at Washington Conservation Guild’s Event: “Outsmarting Light: SmartGlass Technology in Exhibitions”.doc

Washington, DC – November 5, 2014. Museums can now show the public light-sensitive documents and other artifacts that otherwise literally might not see the light of day. Dr. Seth Van Voorhees, President of VariGuard (a business unit of Research Frontiers) will present and demonstrate its products at the Washington Conservation Guild’s November meeting. Linda Edquist, Conservator and Head of the Preservation Office at the National Postal Museum will also present a talk on how she used VariGuard panels to safely exhibit the most sensitive objects they have ever presented to date, the 2011 anthrax attack letters and covers.

Seth Van Voorhees, President of VariGuard, commented: “VariGuard display panels offer the highest level of protection against UV and visible light damage in the industry. We are honored that the Smithsonian National Postal Museum entrusted VariGuard display panels to protect their most light-sensitive artifacts. Together we will be reporting the results of testing at the National Postal Museum which quantified the dramatic reduction (>86%) in light exposure that artifacts experienced in cases using VariGuard display panels versus traditional glass display panels.”

This Washington Conservation Guild event will be held on November 6th, 2014, starting at 5:00 PM Eastern at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington, DC, where VariGuard panels have been in use in the “Behind the Badge” exhibition since June 2014.

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Please see Washington Conservation Guild’s press release regarding the event entitled, “Outsmarting Light: SmartGlass Technology in Exhibitions.”

More information about VariGuard panels for display cases, wall cases and frames is available at

About Washington Conservation Guild

The Washington Conservation Guild (WCG) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of conservation professionals dedicated to preserving art and historic materials. Founded in 1967, WCG serves as a regional forum for its members and as a resource to the public for learning about the care of personal collections.

About VariGuard and Research Frontiers Inc.

VariGuard SmartGlass™ and SmartPlastic™ are the first and only display panels that offer a wide range of visible light transmission, instant switching between dark and clear states, and >99% UV-blocking at all times. Based on patented SPD light-control technology developed by Research Frontiers, VariGuard display panels optimally protect artifacts by limiting their light-exposure only to those times when people are viewing them.

Research Frontiers Incorporated (Nasdaq: REFR), the developer of SPD-SmartGlass electronic-tint technology which allows users to instantly, precisely and uniformly control the amount of light coming through glass or plastic, either manually with the touch of a button or automatically. Research Frontiers has built an infrastructure of over 40 licensed companies that collectively are capable of serving the growing global demand for smart glass products in automobiles, homes, buildings, museums, aircraft and boats. For more information, please visit our website at, or Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Instagram.

Note: From time to time Research Frontiers may issue forward-looking statements which involve risks and uncertainties. This press release contains forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ and are not guaranteed. Any forward-looking statements should be considered accordingly. “SPD-Smart”, “SPD-SmartGlass” “VariGuard”, “VariGuard SmartGlass” and “VariGuard SmartPlastic” are trademarks of Research Frontiers and its subsidiary VariGuard.

For further information, please contact:

Seth Van Voorhees, President

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