Zytronic has introduced an innovative method of achieving power through glass invisibly. Called ElectroglaZ, this patent-pending technology offers new opportunities for low power devices and applications with no wires.
"ElectroglaZ is completely transparent and can be used to 'magically' power a near limitless variety of low power, electronic and electrotechnical devices embedded within a glass panel," says Ian Crosby, sales and marketing director, Zytronic. "Potential applications include LED-lit display cases and shelving units for museums, art galleries and high-end retail stores."
The method can also achieve low power, (sub 50V/3A), to USB sockets, induction charging pads, fans, motors, air monitoring units in HVAC systems, security cameras and sensors, and small displays. Moreover, industrial designers can also combine it with the company's patented multitouch projected capacitive technology (MPCT) to add multi-user touch interactivity and tangible object recognition in 'smart' tables and additional design-led furniture. To bring a third dimension to touch, the company's ZyBrid hover contactless sensing technology could be another option, which identifies user interactions up to 30mm away from the surface of the glass.
The design options offered are almost limitless. Initially, the company will be providing ElectroglaZ panels in any size up to 1m x1.8m. The maximum quantity of mounting holes machined into the glass depends upon the size of the panel and apertures. However, as a design guide, there should be a minimum of 2x the aperture diameter between each hole, and also from the glass edges.
"We will closely consult with each customer depending upon their individual project requirements and product design and provide guidelines and recommendations on attaching electrical connections to the busbar and power delivery apertures," says Dr Andrew Morrison, technical director, Zytronic. "The industrial design engineer would then take the final system assembly through any applicable electrical safety tests and certification as per usual."