\r\n\r\nHigh end boutiques and ritzy clubs have long enjoyed glass that goes from see through to opaque at the push of a button. \u00a0However, this tech has long been available only to those in the commercial space, leaving those with a penchant for technology and privacy asking where they can get a consumer level version.\r\n\r\nAnd one doesn't need to look any further than SONTE Film. \u00a0The company recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign to the tune of $237,000 and has plans to start shipping units sometime this September. \u00a0 So that in mind, we sat down (virtually) with the company's founders and peppered them with questions. For the rest of your house, take a look at at our review of the Floyd Leg to make a table out of almost anything in your room.\r\n\r\n1. \u2028\u2028What is the material used in the film? \u00a0Is it proprietary?\r\n\r\nThe film is a sandwich layer of two plastic sheets with polymer-dispersed liquid crystals ("PDLC") in between. The PDLC formula is our own. The plastic sheets are made up of a thin layer of indium tin oxide (ITO) for conductivity and a non-conducting layer of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).\r\n\r\n2. How exactly does it work? \u00a0Is one mode passive and the other active in terms of energy consumed?\r\n\r\nIn its natural, off-power state, the PDLC are dispersed randomly along the ITO film which blocks out light for an opaque tint to the windows. \u00a0When a current passes through the ITO layer, the PDLC align due to polarity which allows light to pass through the film for transparent windows. In the on state, power is consumed.\r\n\r\n3. How is it different from comparable existing products? How is your product better than those?\r\n\r\nWe use our own proprietary PDLC formula that consumes less wattage per hour and has a lower voltage per sq. meter. \u00a0\u00a0We are also the first to use Wi-Fi protocol to control the film directly from your iPhone or Android. Furthermore, most existing products require the electrodes to be pre-installed by the factory so it makes DIY very difficult. SONTE Film, on the other hand, uses a proprietary electrode that can be installed after the user cuts the film to any shape or size they need.\r\n\r\n4. How long will the battery on the receiver last?\r\n\r\nOur current version of SONTE Film uses AC power via a transformer. A battery operated version is in the pipeline.\r\n\r\n5. How does the receiver work and communicate with the smartphone? \u00a0WiFi direct or can it be added to a network?\r\n\r\nThe Wi-Fi transformer creates a network which can be hooked up to any Wi-Fi enabled device such as a smartphone or tablet. It can also join an existing network.\u00a0\r\n\r\n6. Can the film be removed and reapplied elsewhere after an initial installation?\r\n\r\nYes, SONTE Film can be reapplied to glass without leaving a sticky residue, much like an electrostatic screen protector for a smartphone.\r\n\r\n7. When will Sonte Film go on sale to the public? \u00a0Will it be available in brick and mortar stores?\r\n\r\nWe are currently in talks with major retailers, and SONTE Film will be available on SONTE.com Fall 2013.\r\n\r\n8. What are some of the most innovative ways you see Sonte film being used?\r\n\r\nApart from the using SONTE Film on windows or glass partitions, we have talked with people who want to use it on their storefronts to turn their windows into a privacy screen when closed. Store owners have also talked about the possibility of using SONTE Film on their storefront as a marketing device that they could project messages onto. Other innovative uses and interests have come from the magic, automobile, aero and marketing sectors.\r\n\r\n9. What's your background and how did you get into this business? \u00a0Can you explain the genesis of the Sonte film?\r\n\r\nWinston Cheng (SONTE Co-founder) grew up in San Francisco and graduated from the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science program at UC Berkeley. He went on to work in the Silicon Valley for over 10 years at various startups. As the owner, Winston brought Aeon Labs LLC, a major provider of connected home products to both Verizon and AT&T, from startup to profitability.\r\n\r\nBernard Kwan (SONTE Co-founder) grew up in Sydney, Australia, and graduated from University of New South Wales with degrees in accounting, biotechnology and law. He has worked extensively with corporations of all sizes, ranging from small start-ups to large manufacturing companies to public companies, giving advice on business structures and corporate planning.\r\n\r\nTogether, our solid understanding of corporate matters, management, business development and technology led to our most recent success\u2014the successful funding of SONTE\u2019s $200,000 Kickstarter project.\r\n\r\nWith eight years of experience in the smart home industry we realized that smartphones and tablets controlled almost everything in our homes\u2014except for our windows. That\u2019s when we came up with the idea for SONTE Film and set out to revolutionize the concept of the window covering with the latest in 21st century technology, placing smart home control in the palm of everyone's hands. Thanks to all the support we\u2019ve received, we are able to make SONTE Film a reality even sooner.