BACK (L to R) - Caitlin Arndt (BS, '15), Nate Kester (BS, '15), Carina Hahn (BS, '15). FRONT (L to R) - Skukaria Rajabi (BS, '15), Max Gallant (BS '15), Nic Flinner (BS '15). NOT PICTURED - Jacob Wall (Weber State)
SALT LAKE CITY - A group of Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) students received a $1100 award from the Student Entrepreneurial Club and $1000 from a private donor for their start up Electrochrome. The award will go towards building a prototype of a snow goggle lense coating. The ski goggle is designed to offer a simpler method for skiers and snowboarders to cope with variable light conditions. Currently, consumers have the ability to swap goggle lenses of varying tints, but this proves problematic in that the consumer is require to swap out lenses in addition to having a place to store the extra lenses.
Electrochrome offers the luxury of owning many lenses or pairs of goggles for the price of one. The key feature in the goggle lens is an active tint control. The active tint control describes the user's ability to instantly adjust the tint of the lens using a sliding switch attached to the goggle strap. This allows the user to easily change the tint of the lens with only one hand, without the need to remove their gloves or goggles, saving consumers time and frustration and more time on the slopes.
If you are interested in more information on Electrochrome or would like to donate to the start up you can contact Max Gallant via email.