Zytronic brings transparent power delivery capability to its portfolio
Zytronic has introduced a method of delivering power through glass invisibly. Called ElectroglaZ, Zytronic says this patent-pending technology opens up new opportunities for low power devices and applications without using 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 at Zytronic. “Potential applications include LED lit display cases and shelving units for museums, art galleries and high-end retail stores.”
ElectroglaZ can also deliver low power, (sub 50V / 3A), to USB sockets, induction charging pads, motors, fans, security cameras and sensors, air monitoring units in HVAC systems, and small displays. Furthermore, industrial designers may also combine it with Zytronic’s patented multitouch projected capacitive technology (MPCT) to add multi-user touch interactivity and tangible object recognition in ‘smart’ tables and other design-led furniture. To bring a third dimension to touch, Zytronic's ZyBrid hover contactless sensing technology may be another option, which detects user interactions up to 30mm away from the surface of the glass.
Zytronic says its ElectroglaZ technology is a bespoke lamination of two or more conductive yet completely transparent glass panels. This arrangement allows the transfer of power across the inner conductive coatings within the insulated surfaces of the laminate. To tap into the power, small apertures, typically 30 to 100mm, are machined into the laminated glass where the customer's connection and electrical device or assembly fits and connects to the positive and negatively charged inner coatings. A 1mm wide printed conductive busbar around the perimeter of the glass is applied to supply the external power into the laminate.
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