The technology industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by factors such as the increasing focus on energy conservation, the demand for sustainable building solutions, and the need for personalized comfort and smart home automation. The growing importance of technologies such as smart sensors for detecting light levels and temperature, actuators for adjusting screen position and opacity, and IoT (Internet of Things) platforms for connectivity and centralized control is further driving innovation in the technology industry. These technologies enable dynamic control of sunlight, heat, and privacy, contributing to energy savings, improved indoor comfort, and user-friendly automation. As the demand for energy-efficient and intelligent building solutions grows, IoT innovation in smart window screens plays a pivotal role in transforming the way windows are utilized for sustainable and comfortable living environments. In the last three years alone, there have been over 4.1 million patents filed and granted in the technology industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Internet of Things in technology: smart window screensBuy the report here.

However, not all innovations are equal and nor do they follow a constant upward trend. Instead, their evolution takes the form of an S-shaped curve that reflects their typical lifecycle from early emergence to accelerating adoption, before finally stabilizing and reaching maturity.

Identifying where a particular innovation is on this journey, especially those that are in the emerging and accelerating stages, is essential for understanding their current level of adoption and the likely future trajectory and impact they will have.

190+ innovations will shape the technology industry

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which plots the S-curve for the technology industry using innovation intensity models built on over 1.5 million patents, there are 190+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Within the emerging innovation stage, real-time fault monitoring, smart inspection, and physiological monitoring are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Edge device diagnostics, D2D communication, and fog computing are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas is NFC broadcasting, which is now well established in the industry.

Innovation S-curve for Internet of Things in the technology industry

Smart window screens is a key innovation area in Internet of Things

Smart window screens are advanced window coverings capable of autonomously regulating the ingress of light and heat into a room based on factors such as external conditions and the time of day. These window screens are typically crafted from materials such as mesh or film and employ sensors, motors, and connected technology to dynamically adjust shading levels.

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 70+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established technology companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of smart window screens.

Key players in smart window screens – a disruptive innovation in the technology industry

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of applications identified for each patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of countries each patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.

Patent volumes related to smart window screens

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Springs Window Fashions 52 Unlock Company Profile
E Ink 40 Unlock Company Profile
Gentex 9 Unlock Company Profile
Toppan 11 Unlock Company Profile
Corning 22 Unlock Company Profile
gremz 16 Unlock Company Profile
Lutron Electronics 112 Unlock Company Profile
Apple 22 Unlock Company Profile
Kinestral Technologies 28 Unlock Company Profile
View 517 Unlock Company Profile
Research Frontiers 34 Unlock Company Profile
Koninklijke Philips 52 Unlock Company Profile
Canon 64 Unlock Company Profile
Compagnie de Saint-Gobain 41 Unlock Company Profile
DELTA DORE 13 Unlock Company Profile
Nabtesco 8 Unlock Company Profile
Somfy 54 Unlock Company Profile
Sony Group 11 Unlock Company Profile
Sharp 23 Unlock Company Profile
Boeing 8 Unlock Company Profile
Alphamicron 15 Unlock Company Profile
GENTEX 20 Unlock Company Profile
ClearVue Technologies 13 Unlock Company Profile
Hall Labs 25 Unlock Company Profile
Newtonoid Technologies 16 Unlock Company Profile
Furcifer 9 Unlock Company Profile
Halio 19 Unlock Company Profile
Glass to Power 8 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

View is the leading patent filer in smart window screens. One of the company’s patents focuses on optically switchable devices and their control systems. The apparatus includes an interface for communication with window controllers, and one or more processors are configured to process status information received from the window controller. The status information indicates the tint status of optically switchable devices, and in response, tint commands are sent to the window controller via the interface.  

Other prominent patent filers in the space include Lutron Electronics and Canon.  

By geographic reach, Newtonoid Technologies leads the pack, followed by Alphamicron and Delta Dore. In terms of application diversity, Newtonoid Technologies holds the top position, followed by Toppan and Halio.  

IoT innovation in smart window screens has revolutionized the way windows are managed for enhanced energy efficiency, comfort, and convenience. Smart window screens leverage IoT technology to integrate sensors, actuators, and connectivity, enabling automated control of window shading and tinting.   

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the technology industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Internet of Things.

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GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.