TOKYO and WOODBURY, N.Y., April 23, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Earlier today, Asahi Glass Co. (AGC) President & CEO, Kazuhiko Ishimura announced that AGC's new lightweight light control glass using Research Frontiers' (Nasdaq:REFR) patented SPD-SmartGlass has been installed in a gauge-changeable new test train of the Japan Railway Construction, Transport and Technology Agency. This train made a test run on the JR Kyushu's train line this past Sunday, April 20. Images of this new train and more information about AGC's new WONDERLITE™ SPD-SmartGlass product and its benefits is available in the press release issued by Asahi Glass today.
Imagine pushing a button, tapping on your tablet or smart phone, or touching a window and having the window instantly adjust to whatever tint you wanted. All of this is now possible in windows, skylights, sunroofs, partitions and other glass or plastic products using SPD-Smart light control film technology developed by Research Frontiers – the same technology currently used in homes, offices, museums, yachts and in thousands of Mercedes-Benz cars worldwide.
The window glass mounted in the test train combines a thin, strong chemically-strengthened glass with SPD-SmartGlass to reduce weight by 30% and improve passenger comfort and safety. Using AGC's SPD-Smart WONDERLITE™ glass, customers can adjust the amount of outside light coming into the train to suit their preferences. This innovative light control glass function eliminates the need for curtains and enhances interior comfort with high heat shielding and thermal insulation.Joseph M. Harary, President and CEO of Research Frontiers congratulated licensee Asahi Glass Company on this innovative new product using SPD-SmartGlass technology and noted: "The benefits of SPD-SmartGlass technology currently enjoyed by thousands of people in the automotive, aircraft, marine and architectural industries are now moving to the mass transit train market. SPD-SmartGlass technology is currently the best-selling smart window technology in the world, and through AGC's new product, these benefits are expanding to an even wider group to make their traveling experience even more enjoyable, comfortable, and safer, while also saving energy for train operators."