This year designers and engineers looked at the product pages on Inventables.com nearly one million times in the hopes of finding the right ones for their projects. We are proud to announce with over 167,000 pageviews the most popular material for 2009 was temperature-sensitive glass from Moving Color. These textured glass tiles alter in color with changes in temperature. They are currently offered in a range of colors and sensitivities, the tiles change color based on ambient temperature, body temperature or water temperature – whatever they’re touching. The glass is available in a variety of temperature ranges, allowing customization to specific applications. The maximum temperature range for their “Liquid” line is -30°C (-22°F) to 120°C (248°F). Color change will begin at selected activation temperature, and continue through three phases within a 6-10° rise in temperature. Once past the peak in temperature, the base color will then return and remain unvarying until the temperature drops.
To date the glass has been used in a few showers. One installed in the Mickey Mouse Penthouse at the Disneyland Hotel. When Disney’s guests take a shower, the warm water hits the glass, causing the tiles to bloom into color. As the glass tiles change color, silhouettes of Mickey Mouse appear around the perimeter of the shower. A second was installed in the house the Buffalo Bills cornerback Terrance McGee's new home.
"Moving Color is the innovator of energy efficient, temperature sensitive, color changing materials with over 10 years of research and development. Our glass is the perfect marriage between Art, Science, Technology and Design. We are very excited about the popularity of our material amongst the Inventables community", said Ben Bellmer founder Moving Color.
The applications for this material go well beyond decorative showers. Global architectural firm, HOK, is working on a roof tile concept with Moving Color to use the temperature sensitive glass tiles on a roof. The concept is explored here in their study into skyscraper design.
The video illustrates how thermochromatic tiles change color with the ambient temperature. In cold weather the building tiles turns black and absorb heat. In hot weather the building tiles turn white reflecting heat and thereby cooling the building.
Congratulations to Moving Color for winning the Inventables Most Popular Material of the Year.
Inventables Most Popular Material 2009 runners up:
Sound Dampening Paint: https://www.inventables.com/technologies/sound-dampening-paint
Colorful Metal Mesh: https://www.inventables.com/technologies/colorful-metal-mesh
Impact Hardening Fluid: https://www.inventables.com/technologies/impact-hardening-fluid
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