Vision Systems, a licensee of Research Frontiers Inc. (Nasdaq: REFR), has announced it will offer an SPD-Smart dimmable window ("Energia") that can operate without using the aircraft's electrical system. Energia integrates an optically clear layer that is capable of producing its own energy from the sun or artificial light sources.
The thing that makes EC the worst technology ever for airlines, Is that it diminished by each off and on cycle. SPD can be turned on and off infinitesimally without degrading. NanoMarkets already said that SPD and EC would dominate, but since SPD has been in the air longer and had no complaints and can achieve the darker preferred state, it has already made EC obsolete. SPD is the leading technology for view applications. The others can't do what SPD can do.
I used to be a shareholder of Gentex.
Fine company then, and still is.
However, compared to SPD, their technology is second rate.
So going forward Research Frontiers will eat their lunch.
They must be shaking in their boots these days.
(same goes for every other company dealing with electrochromic)
Everyday I give thanks to (Dr.) Saxe for what he has done for us, and the world.