As we look forward to another international Glasstec exhibition in Dusseldorf, the industry is buzzing with talk of new trends to be launched at the leading trade show. There’s certainly no shortage of news coming in from industry leaders about new innovations due to be introduced this year.
New technology is pushing boundaries as never before and the possibilities within the glass sector seem almost limitless. Whilst exploring new concepts and technological advances one the most staggering articles I read about related to smart glasses. It astounds me still. The idea that Samsung has patented contact lenses that can project images directly onto the eye actually even scares me a little. The idea that that we will soon be able to use contacts equipped with a display, a camera, an antenna as well as numerous sensors that can detect movement and link up to a smartphone is both exciting and daunting. The system will use the antenna to link up to a smartphone, which processes the image sent into the eyes. The lens can then send images onto the wearer’s eye and record their surroundings. This takes Big Brother to a whole new level – but perhaps that’s an age thing. I’m pretty sure millennials will be extolling the virtues of such accessories soon enough and the marginally older among us will be tagging along for the ride.
Looking back to Glasstec however the high-tech glass options available to us now offer new ways for end users to handle privacy, control room temperature and hide expensive goods in the home. The choice of glass may not always be clear with so many different varieties of ‘smart glass’ being launched in a bid to keep out prying eyes or regulate room temperature.
Undoubtedly inspired by the work environment, increasingly we are seeing homeowners demanding this type of technology within their properties. So as many of us head out to Glasstec it is evident that glass is not so much a building component today, but a futuristic solution for many things. When we spoke to Brigit Horn, Show Director earlier this year, this development in glass certainly is an intrinsic part of the industry moving forward.
Glass, Façades and Energy – according to show organisers these will be the main areas for discussion at the 4th scientific conference to be held at the show on 20th and 21st September this year. The »engineered transparency« conference will incorporate 70 lectures by world renowned designers and planners alongside researchers from 20 universities, all of whom will focus on the latest developments in construction glazing and high performance products as part of new building design.
Keynote speakers will include Dr.-Ing. Winfried Heusler, Senior Vice President of SCHÜCO, Bielefeld/Germany, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jan Knippers, Partner of »Knippers Helbig« and Head of the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design at University of Stuttgart/Germany, John Kooymans, Group Leader at RJC, Toronto/Canada and Christoph Timm, Associate of SOM, New York/USA.
Having previously attracted around 43.000 trade visitors alongside 1.200 exhibitors at the last exhibition, the show is clearly a leading light when it comes to innovation and investment in new technology for the glass industry. With some leading UK companies and national divisions attending the Trade Fair this including Hegla UK; Bystronic glass; the Thermoseal Group, Guardian Glass and Promac, to name a few, with some believing that this could be one of the most important exhibitions in terms of innovation in technology. It will be interesting to see exactly where the future of the glass industry will soon be heading.
Wishing everyone exhibiting, investing or just visiting a great show!
Written by Helen Duval 2016