This project was run in collaboration with Variguard (division of Research Frontiers). The glass was manufactured by Smartglass International.
The smartglass table-vitrine allows the display of light-sensitive works of art whilst limiting damage from light exposure.
This allows greater use of natural daylight within the building facade, facilitating sustainable art collections.
The top and front smartglass facades are opaque in the OFF state, blocking 99% of UV, 50% of infrared and 99% of visible light.
When someone approaches the table, the infrared proximity sensor triggers silently, simultaneously activating the smartglass and internal LEDs.
An ‘anti-flicker’ delay, configurable from the In-Table Intranet, avoids rapid on/off cycling when the museum has large visitor groups.
The table logs popularity by counting the total time that the object has been viewed, which can help to measure visitor engagement. This data is visible on the In-Table Intranet home page.
The materials used in this table include
1. Interior lining of 6mm thick KRION which is antibacterial, fireproof, anti-static, highly durable and 100% recyclable. Colour: Mocha 6504. For full technical data, please see: http://www.krion.com/en/technical-data
2. Exterior is MDF, hand and roller-painted with water-soluble lacquer
3. Variguard SPD smartglass, laminated by Smartglass International, is 11.5mm thick, anti-bandit spec to BS EN 356 (P4A security). Transmittance in the ON state is 49% and in the OFF state it is <1%. Surface reflectance is 3% on the front and top surfaces. Blocks 99% UV at all times.