WOODBURY, N.Y., October 25 /CNW/ - At the 40th Tokyo Motor Show 2007,
Hino Motors, Ltd., a subsidary of Toyota Motor Corporation, is featuring a new
concept motorcoach with windows using Research Frontiers' patented SPD-Smart
light-control technology. The S'elega Premium, with its variable tint SPD
"smart" windows, was shown earlier today at a press briefing by senior
executives of Hino Motors at the Tokyo Motor Show where members of the media
were able to experience the benefits of smart windows while sitting in Hino
Motors' top-of-the-line S'elega Premium luxury tour bus on display at the
SPD-Smart automotive windows allow vehicle occupants to instantly,
precisely and uniformly control the amount of sunlight, glare and heat passing
through the windows, sunroofs and other glazings. They also block more than
99% of harmful UV radiation.
The S'elega Premium, which has five large SPD-Smart window panels
totaling over 11 square meters of glass (more than 36 square feet) on the side
of the motorcoach, is featured in a promotional video from Hino and can be
seen and experienced at the Tokyo Auto Show through November 11, 2007.
SPD light-control technology is protected by over 500 patents and patent
applications held by Research Frontiers Inc., the developer and licensor of
the technology used in these instantly dimmable windows. The SPD-Smart windows
for the S'elega Premium concept vehicle were produced and supplied by Asahi
Glass Company, a licensee of Research Frontiers.
The S'elega Premium is a sleek, modern touring coach with five extremely
large and elegantly curved glass panels on its sides. With the touch of a
button, the windows go from up to six to eight times darker than a dark
conventional automotive window film to approximately as clear as a standard
automotive windshield - all in just seconds. The SPD-SmartGlass laminated
windows on the S'elega Premium are curved and are approximately 1.1 meters
(43.4 inches) tall and most are over 2 meters (81 inches) wide.
These windows are the largest and most optically clear variable tint
smart windows ever seen in an automotive vehicle. They allow instant and
precise control of how much light, glare and heat pass through the windows,
thus creating greater passenger comfort and a more satisfying traveling
experience. Other benefits include noise reduction, greater security for both
privacy and structural integrity, and the protection of interiors and
occupants from heat and harmful ultraviolet radiation. In the tour bus
environment, SPD-Smart windows also permit the tour guide to selectively
reveal scenery during the tour, thus adding a new and exhilarating dynamic to
the travel experience.
The Tokyo Motor Show is one of the world's premier automotive shows,
attracting over 1.5 million visitors. Visit www.tokyo-motorshow.com for more
information about the show.
For more information, visit Research Frontiers' website at
About SPD Technology and Research Frontiers Incorporated
Research Frontiers Incorporated (Nasdaq: REFR) develops and licenses
suspended particle device (SPD) technology used in VaryFast(TM) SPD-Smart
controllable glass and plastic products. SPD technology, made possible by a
flexible light-control film invented by Research Frontiers, allows the user to
instantly and precisely control the shading of glass or plastic, either
manually or automatically. SPD technology product applications include:
SPD-Smart windows, sunshades, skylights and interior partitions for homes and
buildings; automotive windows, sunroofs, sunvisors, sunshades, and mirrors;
aircraft and marine windows and window shades; eyewear products; and flat
panel displays for electronic products.
SPD-Smart film technology was awarded a "Best of What's New Award" from
Popular Science magazine for home technology, received the 2007 North American
Frost & Sullivan Award for Excellence in Technology for glass, and was also
recognized as one of the top technologies by the Society of Automotive
Engineers' Aerospace Engineering magazine. SPD technology is covered by over
500 patents and patent applications held by Research Frontiers worldwide.
Currently 34 companies are licensed to use Research Frontiers' patented SPD
light-control technology in emulsions, films, or end-products. Further
information about SPD-Smart technology, Research Frontiers and its licensees
can be found at www.SmartGlass.com.
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.
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For further information: Research Frontiers Incorporated Joseph M.
Harary, President or Patricia A. Bryant, Manager of Investor Relations