If you’re a follower of any of the tech shows then you’ll know that giants like Samsung and LG have had a stab at producing products like smart screens or smart displays for use in the home or for commercial projects. Whilst they have looked good on first impressions, they have never really made that much of an impact outside the tech shows. I know I haven’t seen one yet.
I think the problem lies in the fact that when it comes to making smart glass displays, companies aren’t exactly kings in the market in the way dedicated glass companies are. When it comes to phones, tablets and other gadgets they’re top of the pile, but dealing with just glass, not so. But this is where companies like Pilkington could jump start the niche.
It’s advertised as “Available soon” on Pilkington’s website, but their new product called MirroView aims to bring smart glass technology properly into the home and to be used in commercial spaces.
This is how the MirroView is going to work, according to Pilkington:
Pilkington MirroView™ is ideal for concealing digital displays and video screens for commercial and residential applications.
When the screen is turned ‘off’ Pilkington MirroView™ maintains a mirrored appearance, which conceals the screen. When the screen is turned ‘on’ the picture on the video screen shows through.
Pilkington MirroView™ is very durable and can be easily handled, transported and processed, including toughening and laminating. Due to the durability of the pyrolytic coating, it does not degrade over time, which gives the product a virtually unlimited shelf-life.
Pilkington MirroView™ 50/50 offers the same qualities as the original product, yet it is designed for use in applications with high ambient light.
Available in large stock sizes, which can conceal one or multiple displays.
Pilkington shows MirroView off in a bathroom environment in their online literature: