As technology and industry continue to grow more and more intertwined, a variety of new advancements and conveniences continue to emerge in our daily lives. One notable example is how the internet and consumer spending have combined to create the online world of shopping many take for granted. While the internet itself continues to revolutionize just about every aspect of society, other areas of the economy also contribute to an ever-evolving society. Did you know that your automobile glass is infused with dozens upon dozens of advances that were the result of decades of research and development in several areas?
Many would struggle to consider how auto glass plays an important role in their lives other than the most basic concept: it keeps wind and debris from flying in your face while driving. But the truth is that auto glass provides so much more – in and out of your vehicle. Today, we’ll discuss four cool advancements in the auto glass industry that later made their way into both other types of glass and other products.
Self-Tinting Film and Electric Windows
Your home is a place of comfort. Your home can also be a costly investment, so you want to be sure that any additional investments made into it are worth their costs. As of late, the arrival of self-tinting film for residential windows has become something that’s not just for the uber-wealthy. Self-tinting film designed for use in homes can not only block out unwanted light, but it also can prevent UV rays from entering the home, which are known to lead to skin cancer. This self-tinting film will respond automatically to any condition, letting in the right amount of light for you and your family.
The original notion of both tinted windows and the self-tinting mechanism in this revolution was inspired by automobile glass used in windshields and side windows. Auto-dimming mirrors are another part of the inspiration behind this convenient and value-adding addition to your home. Another huge advantage of self-tinting film for the home is long-term savings generated from lower utility bills during the summer.
Not only do “low-tech” forms of self-tinting film exist, but a variety of new windows that feature electric currents have revolutionized the same principles mentioned above. These windows can actually be controlled just like any other appliance or system in the home, and can be used to set the windows’ opaqueness to a desired level – or to block visibility from the outside into the home. This makes for an even better choice than the self-tinting film, as it can be adjusted to maximize energy savings in both the summer and winter (not to mention, offer great views of the outdoors without others being able to see in). The basic components behind this advancement stem originally from windshields and windows that can sense rain or remove frost from themselves.
Do you like to play golf? If so, then you probably have an affinity for your favorite putter. In many of the newer high-end golf clubs you’ll find on the market, there is component inside of them known as metallic glass. This material allows the golf club to be bent more than was previously possible, but allows it to also snap back to its original shape. This combination of strength and flexibility is a godsend for professional and hobbyist golfers alike who care about their form, follow-through and performance of the club.
Metallic glass has its origins rooted in the automobile glass industry. Windshields are designed, much like these golf clubs mentioned above, to bend and flex under pressure and temperature. Added strength in automobile glass was achieved through a variety of advancements and encouragement from safety lobbying groups that ultimately influenced manufacturing regulations. These developments have allowed for a whole host of auxiliary products (like metallic glass) to be born.
Almost everyone today has a mobile device of some sort, and a large percentage of these devices now come with ample amounts of glass in the form of touchscreens. The mobile device industry has been enhanced perhaps more than almost any other modern convenience we enjoy when it comes to a variety of industrial breakthroughs. In the case of glass, however, the advancements are stunning.
Tempered strength techniques and scratch resistant polymers that were first designed to minimize the need for windshield repairs and windshield replacements have given way to sturdy, long-lasting screens on phones and tablets that take considerable damage before they succumb to cracks. Even just a few years ago, mobile screens were flimsy and weak, but the increased prominence of them in many devices have led to technologies being developed for the auto glass industry needing to be incorporated at accelerated rates.
These are just three of the many dozens of conveniences and advancements you now enjoy as a result of changes in the auto glass industry. With more than one hundred years of constant innovation, it seems likely that the protection between you and the elements on the road will continue to deliver more and more safety, convenience and value for us for decades to come.