The NSG Group has collaborated with product design studio Cohda to create futuristic glass applications that deliver power to devices without the need for wires.
The glassmaker will provide his NSG electrically conductive TEC glass to Cohda customers, which will combine the product with its Power-Tap (P-Tap) wireless power technology.
P-Tap technology can transfer electricity or data wirelessly through a transparent conductive coating to power any device.
This allows the glass to act like a wire, transferring power with one touch.
Mains electricity usually flows into the glass via a connection at the perimeter of the glass surface.
This creates the positive and negative charge, which flows invisibly through the individual layers inside the conductive glass lamination and into any connected device placed over openings, or contact points, on its surface.
The collaboration has a range of applications for designers, architects and engineers to locate powered devices in transparent structures.
Early applications included retail, where in-store displays can wirelessly charge electronic devices such as cell phones and cameras; and in the automobile, to power head-up display screens which are integrated into the windshield of a vehicle.
It will be available in the European market, including the UK.
Aderlan Vitalino of NSG Group said: âCollaboration with Cohda opens the door to new possibilities for innovation through glass, with potential applications in all industries.
âFor example, in art galleries or museums, integrated LEDs can illuminate a glass display case without aesthetically disturbing wires.
âIn the kitchens of the future, P-Tap technology can be installed in a clear glass countertop, with power concentrated in various places.
“It can provide induction heating for pots and pans, power kitchen appliances like kettles and toasters, and even charge your cordless phone, all on the same glass surface.”