Discover Halio: AGC Glass Europe’s new interactive windows and walls
Halio™ is a smart-tinting glass that tints to shades of neutral grey to deliver sun blocking, anti-glare protection and privacy – automatically or on demand – while looking like ordinary glass. It incorporates the latest advanced technology to deliver the world’s most powerful and responsive natural light management system. With its intuitive user interface, Halio ushers in an era of interactive windows and walls for homes and commercial buildings.
Instantly transforming rooms into sanctuaries of natural light, offering comfort, privacy, and a greater sense of well-being
Halio is the first smart-tinting technology to deliver a product that is truly indistinguishable from ordinary clear glass. With its uniform tinting and real-time responsiveness, Halio gives architects and designers a versatile product to create more stunning interiors and exteriors while meeting state and national energy efficiency mandates. The neutral grey tints of Halio smart glass are compatible with any colour palette or style of home or building.
Halio can be programmed to respond to the weather, time or the sun’s position during the day. It can also be manually operated – with voice commands or intuitive wall mounted controls. Tinting begins instantly, and Halio offers the flexibility of stopping mid-programme when a desired shade is achieved. In large floor-to-ceiling windows, the darkest shade of grey is achieved in less than five minutes.
In its darkest state, Halio provides privacy levels not possible with traditional glass. When used for interior walls, Halio creates flexible, light-filled, open rooms that can become private on demand, a perfect solution for conference rooms and private offices.
Easy-to-use natural light management system
Natural light is one of the most sought-after features in homes and offices alike, and consequently more and more glass is featured in architectural designs. But more glass can lead to too much sunlight (heat, glare, damaged interiors) and compromise our privacy. To date, we’ve controlled sunlight and privacy with blinds and shades. With Halio, window treatments and coverings become stylistic considerations rather than necessities.
Halio smart-tinting glass gives homeowners and building occupants complete control of when and how much natural light to let into their living and work spaces. Halio windows can tint independently or in groups.
Halio is designed to be as easy to use as a light switch. It’s a standalone system that gives users multiple control options – a mobile app and sleekly-designed wall mount controls. It can also be activated by voice commands. Featuring bank-level encryption and security provisions, Halio integrates seamlessly with popular home and building management systems (BMS).
Halio is ideal for homeowners who want to maintain a constant connection with the outdoors without compromising control, privacy or energy efficiency, as well as for building owners who want to provide their occupants with light-filled, open spaces that inspire and promote wellness.
“Halio is not just another smart-tinting glass: it is a new experience that will magically capture all the benefits of natural light and keep people connected with their environment, while neutralising all the excessive aspects of the sun” says Jean-François Heris, President of Building & Industrial Glass Company.
AGC teams up with Kinestral Technologies
Halio is the fruit of a strategic partnership with Kinestral Technologies (US) started six months ago. Apart from combining the know-how of the companies involved, the partnership is also financial, industrial and commercial. AGC has acquired a financial stake, while the two partners are collaborating in building a large-scale production plant and combining their marketing networks, thus exploiting their geographical complementarity.
The industrialisation phase will start in early 2017, with Halio available at the start of 2018. Halio will be unveiled for the first time in Europe at the BAU fair (Munich, Germany, 16-21 January 2017) to a selected audience.
More info: www.halioglass.eu
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AGC Glass Europe, a European leader in flat glass
Based in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), AGC Glass Europe produces, processes and markets flat glass for the construction industry (external glazing and interior decoration), car manufacture and other industrial sectors (transport, solar power and high-tech). It is the European branch of AGC, the world’s leading producer of flat glass. It has over 100 sites throughout Europe, from Spain to Russia, and employs around 16,000 employees.
More information on www.agc-glass.eu (corporate site), www.agc-yourglass.com (glass for the construction industry) and www.agc-automotive.com (for the automotive industry).
About Kinestral Technologies
Founded in 2010, San Francisco Bay Area-based Kinestral Technologies, Inc. develops technologies that transform glass into responsive, intelligent, and beautiful architectural elements. The company’s research and development efforts have resulted in a growing global patent portfolio in manufacturing, device processing, and smart window control systems. Halio™, the company’s first product, responds within seconds to begin delivering shade and glare relief. For more information, please visit www.kinestral.com.