A liquid crystal privacy glass door is the focal point of the new GE Monogram
Wine Reserve and Beverage Center. The upscale product gives consumers the option
of displaying their wines and beverages or hiding them behind opaque glass.
With a liquid crystal privacy glass door, builders and designers can now locate
the beverage center or wine reserve anywhere in the home without distracting contents
getting in the way, GE's promotional material explains.
These popular refrigeration modules had already contained two layers of UV
resistant glass, virtually eliminating ultraviolet light from harming valuable
wine. The new privacy glass incorporates a liquid crystal laminate between the
two sheets of existing glass.
Liquid crystals within the laminate manage light flow through the glass door.
In an uncharged state they block rays of light from passing through the window.
When the privacy display is inactivated with an electrical charge, the crystals
or pixels align in a parallel fashion and rays of light can pass through both
layers of glass.
When asked about the glass supplier a GE spokesperson said that it is against
company policy to discuss suppliers. However, a spokesperson for Corning Glass,
which makes LCD glass, said they do supply such a product to GE, but was uncertain
the exact applications in which it is used.
The GE Monogram Wine Reserve and Beverage Center with privacy glass doors has
an estimated retail price of $1,999 to $2,199.