Kennedy said that her company has also been working with luminous plywood. “Thinner than a credit card,” a plastic substrate with sprayed-on phosphors covers the plywood surface.
Applying thin-film and Suspended Particle Device technology, Kennedy said her company is working with DuPont on a “24-hour” window that can provide nighttime light and during other parts of the day charge a cell phone, display information such as the outside temperature, display advertisements and provide ambient base lighting.
These interactive facades “will have an impact on how we work and live in this country,” she predicted.
The technology is currently being applied to commuter ferry terminals on the East River in Manhattan in response to a stringent mandate from New York Governor George Pataki for using non-traditional sources of energy. Those interested in the new technology will soon be able to see it in action at piers at East 23rd Street, East 34th Street and other locations in the ferry system.
In September Kennedy said she plans to start posting on her Web site information on residential uses of new “ambient intelligence” technologies.
In the meantime, builders who are looking for information on more efficient lighting from sources that are now readily available can explore several links provided by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
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