The frontiers of window tinting on homes and cars has been pushed further by Boeing’s introduction of personalized on-the-fly window tint adjustments within their new Boeing 787 aircraft. Window seat passengers can choose their own darkness of tint desired through a push of a button.
This aircraft window tinting technology is provided by PPG Industries, a materials company based in Pittsburgh, PA. Boing wanted to be able to push the envelope in providing a unique experience within their newest aircraft. This involved complete redesign of the interior of the aircraft for a airy generous feeling down to personalized control of the window darkness on the windows.
The exact specifications of the electro-chromic window film has not been discussed, but from the demonstrations and the press coverage so far, seems like there can be up to 5 different tint settings. The darkest setting is less than .1% VLT, virtually opaque. Window darkness settings can be overridden by the flight crew to promote lighting uniformity during movies or sleeping hours in over-water flights.
We are seeing the next generation of window tinting technology here, on-the-fly personalization!