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Enlighten - Intelligent veils that shine new light on window coverings

Enlighten is an energy-independent, intelligent window shield designed to seamlessly fit any window to create a custom interior atmosphere. It also adapts to the constantly changing weather to more efficiently manage light and heat as it enters the space.

Design

Jacques Laramie, Eleanor Sandford
United States

 

Enlighten has three core components: a multi-layered self-adhering glass film, an extruded aluminium smart housing, and an intuitive control wand. The veil itself comprises several thin film layers. First, a transparent photovoltaic layer that captures the sun’s energy to power the device. The next few layers utilise liquid crystal technology to control the opacity, colour and design of the veil – enabling Enlighten to endlessly change its appearance.

Easy to install, a reversible mount is screwed to either the wall or the ceiling and the self-locking housing needs only to be pressed into the mount to secure it. A cut safe zone allows the self-adhesive veil to be installed onto the glass pane, edge to edge, without any light leaks. Once the veil and housing are installed, the auto retracting ribbon cable is simply plugged directly into the port on the veil. 

Lastly, the control wand is designed to be familiar and exactly where you expect it to be. Simply twist the control wand to adjust the opacity of the veil’s appearance. Sliding your finger up and down on the capacitive handle will change the veil’s height.

For even more control over the veil’s appearance, Enlighten connects to Wi-Fi devices to offer customised settings. Activate your environment by adjusting patterns and colours or altering the colour of natural sunlight. Set Enlighten to activate an automatic program when you are away; wake you up in the morning and relax you in the evening; or alert you of appointments, household tasks, calls and emails.

Using the real-time weather data, Enlighten can be set to constantly adjust the veils to allow in as much or as little natural light and heat from the sun. This maintains a desired temperature, offsetting the use of the HVAC system. Rechargeable batteries store solar energy harnessed by the veil to power the system at night and reduce everyday power consumption. Because it is energy independent, Enlighten is a cost effective solution. 

The designers want Enlighten to help users become more mindful within their own lives and more resourceful at home. The designers want users to imagine cities with self-aware skyscrapers capable of adaptively regulating their interior atmospheres based on the external environment. The potential global impact of this could be extraordinary.

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