Apart from the high-profile applications such as those in automotive and aerospace, smart glass is readily being installed in interactive displays and privacy windows. It also fits in the healthcare domain where it is used to ensure patient privacy and proper sanitation. One of the most intriguing applications of smart glass is the projection screens and the media industry; which are gathering pace since its inception in the mainstream years ago.
Smart glasses also contribute considerably towards providing value-added utilities in the commercial and residential market in creating aesthetically stupendous buildings that are energy-efficient, eco-friendly, and comfortable. In future, smart glass is expected to find place in the products encompassing dynamic eyewear (sunglasses, prescription glasses, ski goggles, helmet visors) that react in response to the changing environments.
While North America and Europe are forecasted to lead the market in terms of overall revenue, growth will be especially strong in China, which continues to undergo a massive building boom. A North America, much in-line with Europe, is undergoing intensive research with the institutes like "The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)" and "Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)" to name a few, which are working on switchable glazing and its applications in various commercial and residential applications.
Since windows form the major potential source for energy savings, the research obviates the efforts from the major players to bring down the cost, thereby delivering an efficient product.The 6 GCC (Gulf Co-operation Council) like Jordan, Bahrain, UAE, and Saudi Arabia are coming up with an inflated smart glass demand owing to the immense opportunity created by the construction industry.
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