Volume 10, Issue 1 January/February
The Back Page
Film in the News
Compiled from News Reports Across the World
Window film is a popular item among consumers, and, as such, stories about it pop up almost every day in newspapers across the world. The Window Film staff has compiled a few on this page that we found interesting. To submit articles that you see in consumer or hometown press, please e-mail a link to the story to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail a copy of the article to Attn: Window Film magazine, P.O. Box 569, Garrisonville, VA 22463.
The Long Arm of the Law
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND—The law’s the law, even when it comes to celebrities and having aftermarket window tint applied to their personal vehicles, as British soccer star Gary Neville found out. According to The Sun (online), the 30-year-old Manchester United right wing was fined £30 ($51 US) for driving a vehicle with windows that did not meet the law of allowing 70 percent of light transmittance through car windows and 75 percent light transmittance through the windshield.
Neville is reported to have “a fleet of cars including a Ferrari” and he, along with younger brother Phil, a soccer player for Everton, have joined the ranks of soccer players who have been stopped for window tint violations, according to The Sun.
According to the article, Neville paid the fine and remedied the problem, while other high-profile athletes in the same situation have hired lawyers to fight the tickets, citing the need for privacy.
The Sun article quoted a Department of Transportation spokesperson as saying “The law is to make sure the screen doesn’t impair the driver’s vision.”
Window Film Does What?
ST. KILDA SOUTH, AUSTRALIA—Window film isn’t always used in windows (see Window Film March/April 2005, pg. 32) but here’s another use that has recently been discovered and surely isn’t well known yet: serving as the membrane for a mould on which to cast eyeglass lenses for rapid prototyping.
According to an article in gizmag: Emerging Technology magazine, an Australian-based multi-media publication, window film is being used in a machine archetype invented by MIT doctoral candidate Saul Griffith to manufacture low-cost eyeglass lenses.
According to gizmag, window film serves as membrane over a reservoir of baby oil that serves as the moulding compound from which lenses are crafted. The machine, reported to be the size of a desktop printer, is also said to be able to produce any prescription lens in less than ten minutes and has earned Griffith the Lemelson-MIT student prize.
Flat Glass is Where It’s At
CHICAGO—The Chicago Tribune gave a little plug to the window film industry when they featured an article about window solutions for privacy and light control.
After an overview of the different kinds of shades and blinds are available, as well as the pros and cons of each, window film received four paragraphs, including a look at decorative film and do-it-yourself installations. The article included an interview of David Kaliser, business director of Gila Film Products.
If the order of mention in the article is any indication, window film is more important than glass blocks and Japanese-style shoji screens, and landscaping, other options mentioned later in the article.