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The window operates using two circular pieces of polarized film between two polycarbonate panes. One of the pieces of polarized film is adhered to a pane with water-jetted gear teeth which are coupled to a matching gear on a DC motor.

Forming the structure, are two rectangular plastic walls which are mounted together. A similar circular polycarbonate pane is also embedded in each wall to serve as a window when the adjustable layers are raised up. The inner set of windows can be elevated through use of a lead screw coupled to another DC motor which is mounted to the window's outer frame.

There are three on-off switches total: one switch to bring the entire window out of view, one switch to change between automatic and manual mode, one switch to turn on the motion sensor. Additionally, there is a mounted potentiometer that can be rotated for manual control.

Bill of Materials




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SmartWindow is a rotating polarized window that allows in an optimal amount of light based on light detection and user input. Constructed with polycarbonate window panes and coded in Arduino, SmartWindow aims to serve as a foundation for an energy-saving, sustainable window concept. The project was conceived within the ME102 senior design course at the University of California, Berkeley during Fall of 2009.
Ben Dokko, Kevin Huynh, Mitch Olson, & Simon Xu

Copyright 2009
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