Innovative Glass Corp. is promoting its liquid crystal switchable privacy glass, also known as LC Privacy Glass, or eGlass®, which can be used in a variety of applications including doors for intensive care unit (ICU) applications. The laminated glass has an electrified film imbedded within the glass and switches from clear to frosted white at the touch of a button.
In the unpowered, default state, the glass is completely obscure, providing what the company says is 100 percent privacy from both sides while still allowing light to pass through. When electricity is provided, the molecules in the film reorient and the glass becomes clear.
LC Privacy Glass has no moving parts, and the lamination makes it virtually soundproof, according to the company.
This glass can be installed in fixed walls, partitions and sliding walls, as well as in swinging and sliding/breakaway doors found in ICUs and emergency rooms, among other types of projects. Wiring methods range from simple door loops to electrified hinges, or sophisticated and proprietary power transfer systems for the sliding/breakaway doors.
The company adds that the glass can be controlled via a wall switch, motion detector, remote control or from a nurse’s station. In the event of a power failure, the glass always defaults to the private state.