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With an exciting unveiling at NeoCon, Clarus Glassboards
is introducing its projectable glass-board. Projection Glass is unprecedented with a projector-friendly
surface that diminishes glare
for optimal clarity. In developing
Projection Glass, Clarus sought to
provide a solution with a high-end
alternative to the whiteboard and
projection screen. Projection
Glass can be used in classrooms,
conference rooms, and a variety
of workspaces across a range
of markets. i+s spoke with Dony
Dawson, Clarus’ vice president of
product design, to learn more
about the development and unique
qualities of Projection Glass.
WHO DESIGNED PROJECTION GLASS?
I invented the initial design, then had
a team of people tying down and
tightening up the actual design and
HOW DID THE IDEA FOR PROJECTION
GLASS COME ABOUT?
Seemingly, everyone in the world has
been trying to make a projectable
glass system. There was an eye-opening moment when we were trying
to solve an unrelated problem, and we found
that creating a micro air gap was the key to
making it work.
HOW WAS THE PRODUCT DEVELOPED FROM
Well, if you take a white substrate, like paper, put
it against glass, and don’t paint or laminate it,
you will have perfect projection. The 1/32-inch gap
is across the entire glass surface between the
projection surface. R&D focused on developing
that, and there is currently a patent pending.
OVERALL, WHY IS PROJECTION GLASS
DIFFERENT FROM OTHER OPTIONS FOR
This can sit on the wall; you don’t have to have a
screen that comes out of the ceiling. You put it in
an architectural package, and it is designed into
the building itself. It is part of the room, and it is
clean and contemporary looking. It’s an advantage
for people who really don’t want to incorporate
audio/visual equipment into a room.
WHERE DO YOU THINK PROJECTION GLASS WILL BE
USED THE MOST?
We are looking at the vast majority of individuals
who want a clean, contemporary conference room.
I think that’s the biggest user. Secondarily, in higher
education, particularly breakout and collaboration
rooms. Basically, where you would need a projector
in a smaller setting and wouldn’t want to bring in
a screen and install a whole system. It really adds a
lot of versatility to a smaller space. Your dry erase
board is now a projectable surface.
WHAT IS YOUR HOPE FOR THE PRODUCT?
I think the biggest hope we have is for Projection
Glass to illustrate that Clarus is innovative and is still
at the forefront of developing new products to solve
people’s problems. I don’t think it will be a massive
market shaker, but I think there will be a lot of people
who will be magnetized to the idea of having two
things that are normally very expensive combined
into one unit that actually works. We can see it going
into a lot of facilities where maybe they didn’t think
about putting in a projection system or didn’t want
to deal with the expense of an unattractive projector
that comes out of the ceiling or is on a stand.
DO YOU ANTICIPATE HAVING UPDATED VERSIONS OF
PROJECTION GLASS IN THE FUTURE?
Yes. The audio/visual market is significant and a
lot of people need ways to display information
seamlessly in different rooms and various situations.
We are developing a product that will be even
better than this. And it will be mobile.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOPES/EXPECTATIONS FOR
PROJECTION GLASS AT NEOCON?
I think the expectation at NeoCon is to get people
seeing Clarus as an innovative company that comes
out with products that truly solve problems for people.
It’s not just a new color or new shape—it’s actually
solving a problem. Come to the show, see glass on
the wall, have a little fun with it. Really we just want
people to walk away from the Clarus space and say,
“They did it again. They came up with something new
and unique. These guys are different.”
By Jenna Lippin | Photography courtesy of Clarus Glassboards
By Clarus Glassboards