If you’re looking for something a bit different for your exhibition stand…. something with a bit of a ‘Wow factor’, how about installing ‘Intelligent Glass’ in your meeting room or conference area? (Yep, not only do we have smart phones, TVs and fridges, we also have ‘Intelligent’ glass now…..are all our appliances becoming smarter than us?!)
OK, so it might seem a little bit gimmicky, and it is unfortunately a little on the expensive side – but it’s also entirely functional and you can re-install back at your office after the show so it doesn’t go to waste.
Basically, instead of using blinds or a privacy screen the use of intelligent or smart glass can offer the same kind of privacy with just a flick of a switch. In its resting or normal state the glass appears opaque but by applying voltage, you instantaneously change the light transmission properties of the glass which will switch to a transparent partition.
There are several different types of intelligent glass technology, however the most common is what they’re calling ‘suspended particle devices’ (SPDs). For the science minded people, they work like this: A thin film laminate of nano-scale particles is suspended in liquid and placed between two pieces of glass or plastic. In its natural state, the suspended particles are randomly organized, which blocks and absorbs light. When an electrical trigger is applied, the particles all align in one direction and allows light to pass through. Varying the voltage varies the orientation of the suspended particles, thereby allowing the operator to regulate the percentage of tint and the amount of light transmitted …as if operating dimmer switch.
You would certainly stand out among the crowd. A privacy wall which appeared and disappeared at the flick of a switch would be a real talking point and become a highlight of your stand. It would intrigue passers by and will certainly make your stand memorable.
There are several companies in Australia producing this glass already and as with everything new and technological, the more people producing it and the greater the demand, the lower the prices will get. Architects designing new houses, hotels and offices will be looking to incorporate the technology in new projects and, being a ‘green’ alternative in that it blocks out UV and can save money on heating, ‘Intelligent Glass’ could very well make curtains and blinds obsolete within the near future.
Give one of our account managers a call today to hear about more weird and wonderful ways to stand out from the crowd at your next event.