Lux Labs June Update

Just one month after we introduced ClearBright to the world, it is already shining. Our first installation at Laced, a streetwear boutique, is lighting up their storefront in the Seaport. Before installing ClearBright, the storefront was a blank canvas after dark. Now, it’s still a normal transparent door during the day, but a digital billboard at night. Each night, ClearBright illuminates the door of their shop with information, flashing graphics, and video content. We have helped Laced utilize their location near Boston’s nightlife to create brand awareness 24/7. However, ClearBright is not limited to our home city. 

We have spent the last month enlightening the AV, Digital Marketing, and Architecture industries to ClearBright. We launched the product on May 14th at industry conference Display Week. ClearBright’s unique qualities, such as 360 degree visibility, high transparency, and easy application, helped the product shine while surrounded by competition. Lux Labs’ head of product Tim Phan attended Neocon and Infocom in the last week to further expose our product. 

While our partner companies use ClearBright for marketing and exposure, we use ClearBright every day in the office. Lux Labs and our cousin company Lightelligence use the product for video conferences, presentations, and the occasional Bruins game after work hours.  ClearBright has left our office and is now out in the world. Please go look at our demos at Laced Boston in the seaport, Lynx Fitness Club on Arlington street, and our headquarters on Summer Street. We promise that seeing ClearBright in person will light up your day!

Sincerely,

The Lux Labs Team

P.S

ClearBright demonstrations may light up an A.V or Signage showroom near you in the next few months. Stay tuned. 


Keeping Nanophotonics Cool

Yichen contributed to MIT research related a new radiative cooling approach.

MIT researchers have devised a new way of providing cooling on a hot sunny day, using inexpensive materials and requiring no fossil fuel-generated power. The passive system could be used to supplement other cooling systems to preserve food and medications in hot, off-grid locations.

In theory, the system they designed could provide cooling of as much as 20 degrees Celsius (36 degrees Fahrenheit) below the ambient temperature in a location like Boston, the researchers say. So far, in their initial proof-of-concept testing, they have achieved a cooling of 6 C (about 11 F).

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New Technology: Transparent Display

Lux Labs has incorporated a new technology into our portfolio. Wavelength-selective scattering film invented at MIT can be used as a transparent display — a new, innovative form of marketing and signage. Our first prototype was fabricated in July 2018 (shown in the pictures below). The rapid progress being made to the transparent display technology and its aesthetic qualities demonstrates the promise and potential our film can bring to the advertisement industry among others.

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We are going to Space

Lux Labs has been awarded a grant from the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) to conduct an experiment on the International Space Station (ISS). The goal of our experiment is to improve the understanding of the physics of multilayer polymer formation and the crystallization process. An improved understanding will help us determine better methods to fabricate more durable films that have advanced optical and mechanical properties, as well as benefit the broader, multi-billion dollar polymer industry. CASIS, collaborating with NASA, will take our samples to the ISS where astronauts will conduct the experiment. We will run a control experiment on Earth's surface. Takeoff is scheduled for mid-2019.  

Company Launch

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Lux Labs, Inc. was incorporated in June 2017 and subsequently closed a seed investment round in August 2017. Lux Labs is an advanced optical materials company which aims to improve electronic displays, windows, and solar energy efficiency with our breakthrough optical angular selective film.  More information is available upon request.