What would you say If we told you the next pair of glasses you own could adapt to match any clothing style or lighting situation? According to the American Chemical Society (ACS), “smart” sunglasses that can literally change to any color in the spectrum within seconds is just around the corner for commercial availability. Eyeware technology could be forever changed because of an electrochromatic polymer capable of changing darkness levels based on an electrical current. These smart glasses are able to block anywhere from 55 to 95% of incoming ray’s.
The same material used on these sunglasses might one day be used on a energy efficient home and shielded windows. The prototype model of the sunglasses run off of a watch battery connected throught the glasses frames. There color changing glasses won’t be ready for public use for a year or two at least, but patents have filed by project manager Chunye Xu and might lead to be extremely popular based on its versatility. So far, the polymers have been developed for red, blue, and green, but the list of available choices is expected to grow. The same material used on these sunglasses might one day be used on a energy efficient home and shielded windows. — Andrew Dobrow