BRIGNAIS, France and WOODBURY, N.Y., Oct. 3, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Imagine driving down the road, turning into the sun, and having your sun visor automatically and instantly darken the top part of your windshield to block the glare. Not only will cars, trucks, aircraft, boats, and mass transit vehicles around the world be able to do this, but now you will also be able to install this feature by yourself in minutes.
This new sun visor developed by Vision Systems uses patented SPD-Smart light-control film technology invented by Research Frontiers (Nasdaq:REFR) and a light sensor to automatically and dynamically adjust the sun visor to deal with changing light and glare conditions. The product will make its world debut at Busworld 2013 from October 18-23, 2013 in Kortrijk, Belgium (Vision Systems Booth 4-22).
Carl Putman, President and CEO of Vision Systems commented on their new smart sun visor product: "Glare is a major safety and comfort issue for drivers and passengers around the world. We have been working for almost two years with a major automotive OEM to test the ease of installation, reliability, design and performance of our new sun visor in real world conditions. Customer reaction regarding the effectiveness and ease of use of this product has been excellent, and we believe that our new Noctis brand of SPD-Smart automatically dimming sun visor will enhance driver safety and comfort for our customers in the aircraft, automotive, marine and mass transit industries. The fact that this feature can be easily installed in the aftermarket will bring these benefits to a wider range of drivers."
Vision Systems' Nuance and Noctis brands of SPD-Smart electronically dimmable windows and sun visors for cars, trucks, boats, RVs, trains and busses offer instant and precise light-control at all levels to provide a solar protection solution that enhances safety, comfort and energy efficiency.
Joseph M. Harary, President and CEO of Research Frontiers, noted: "SPD-Smart light control technology has become the world's best-selling smart window technology and is featured on such world class products as the Mercedes-Benz SLK roadster, SL roadster, and next year will be in the all-new Mercedes-Benz flagship S-Class sedan and standard equipment on cabin windows for the new HondaJet. This new sun visor product by Vision Systems brings the many benefits of SPD-Smart technology to an even wider group of passengers and drivers, and will make their driving and traveling experience safer and more enjoyable."
Another innovative product by Vision Systems, a lightweight solar powered SPD-Smart aircraft window, will be launched the same week as Busworld at the NBAA aircraft show being held in Las Vegas October 22-24, 2013 (Vision Systems Booth C9522). The Vision Systems Energia window integrates SPD-Smart light control film with an optically clear photovoltaic layer that is capable of producing its own energy from the sun or artificial light sources.
About Vision Systems
Headquartered near Lyon, France for more than 80 years, Vision Systems specializes in three activities:
Vision Systems Aeronautics designs and produces innovative solutions for business jets, helicopters, regional and continental aircrafts: solar protection, IFEC, CMS, video surveillance, composite structures and thermoformed parts.
Vision Systems Automotive provides global solutions for the land transport and specific vehicles: CCTV, solar protection, driver protection door, side mirrors and driver assistant systems.
Vision Systems Marine offers solar protection, cabin management, multimedia and video surveillance systems.
Vision Systems combines complementary skills in electronics, mechanics and composite to provide ever more innovative solutions for cost reduction, heightened safety and improved comfort.
For more information, please visit http://www.vision-systems.fr.
About Research Frontiers Inc.
Research Frontiers has invested over $90 million to develop SPD-Smart light-control technology which allows users to instantly, precisely and uniformly control the shading of glass or plastic, either manually or automatically. Research Frontiers holds over 450 patents and patent applications worldwide and has built an infrastructure of over 40 licensed companies that collectively are capable of serving the growing global demand for smart glass products in automobiles, homes, buildings, museums, aircraft and boats. For more information, please visit www.SmartGlass.com.
About Busworld 2013
Busworld 2013, the world's leading trade event for the bus and coach industry, is expected to attract more than 350 exhibitors and 30,000 attendees. Additional information about Busworld 2013 is available from the event website.
Note: From time to time Research Frontiers may issue forward-looking statements which involve risks and uncertainties. This press release contains forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ and are not guaranteed. Any forward-looking statements should be considered accordingly. "SPD-Smart" and "SPD-SmartGlass are trademarks of Research Frontiers Inc. "Noctis" and "Energia" are trademarks of Vision Systems.
For further information, please contact:
+33 (0)4 72 31 98 10
Joseph M. Harary
President and CEO
Research Frontiers Inc.
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Source:Research Frontiers Incorporated