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Research Frontiers Demonstrates SPD-Smart Windows Establishing New Benchmarks Of Performance And Invites The Smart Glass Industry To Participate In Side-by-Side Public Evaluations And Comparisons

WOODBURY, N.Y., June 14, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Research Frontiers Inc. (Nasdaq:REFR), the developer and licensor of SPD-Smart™ light-control technology, demonstrated at its Annual Meeting of Stockholders last Thursday new benchmarks of performance for the smart glass industry, and invited all industry participants to contribute products and provide data for side-by-side public evaluations and comparisons.

Standing next to two large smart architectural window panels and a smart aircraft dimmable window, all using Research Frontiers' patented SPD-Smart light-control technology, Research Frontiers' President and CEO Joseph M. Harary invited other smart window industry participants, particularly those offering electrochromic products, to publish a more complete combination of performance data and key performance specifications about their products.

Mr. Harary also invited other smart window companies to join Research Frontiers in its efforts to educate the public by contributing full-sized product samples to their industry peers for public comparison at upcoming major trade shows this Fall, and participating in focus group studies and panel discussions.

At the Research Frontiers Annual Meeting several SPD-Smart products were demonstrated:

  • Two large architectural panels that were 3 feet wide and 6 feet tall which were set to automatically switch between their darkest tint and their clearest tint within seconds, and also were operable manually via a small remote control.  
  • An aircraft window which achieved 99.96% light blockage and permitted passengers to adjust their shading to any level from clear to dark within seconds and achieve 100% privacy in a fraction of one second.  
  • Two automobiles equipped with SPD-Smart sunroofs, side windows and sun visors.

These products were supplied courtesy of several licensees of Research Frontiers and used SPD-Smart light-control film manufactured by Hitachi Chemical Company, Ltd. under license from Research Frontiers. Hitachi Chemical has announced the world's largest known production capacity of any smart window technology, and even custom-made large SPD-Smart architectural windows can typically be delivered to customers within 3-4 weeks. Research Frontiers has also licensed most of the world's largest automotive glass suppliers, and is working directly, along with its licensees, with several of the world's most prestigious automobile manufacturers on SPD-Smart products for serial production vehicles.

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