The Kohl’s Art Generation Studio has some very nifty doors. They appear to be frosted glass, until you flip a light switch and *click* they are clear. How do they work?!? Here is a full scientific explanation, thanks to the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge.
At the flip of a switch “the material is subjected to an electric field, electro-optic reorientation of the liquid crystal droplets occurs. This then reduces the degree of optical scattering through the cell, giving rise to a transparent state.”
In other words, the electronic current brings the droplets from a scattered state into straight lines, and you can see through the glass.
Artists Aaron Koblin, Nik Hafermaas, and Dan Goods, inspired by this same PLCD technology, recently installed a beautiful artwork in the San Jose airport called the eCloud.
Come see the frosted/clear doors in action – and make some of your own art inspired by technology -in Kohl’s Art Generation Open Studio!