Current approaches to “smart glass” or “electronic dimming windows” are expensive and impractical. SmarterShade created polarized film for shading windows. Unlike other smart glass technologies, SmarterShade’s patented technology can transition on command, with no electrical power needed, with simple mechanisms for a fraction of the cost. In 2015, VG SmartGlass acquired the IP assets, brand, and key human resources of SmarterShade Inc. to focus on the commercialization of the product. SmarterShade Inc. has re-named to ST Labs and still exists as an R+D entity. The team from the University of Notre Dame received an E-Team grant in 2007. VentureWell invested in SmarterShade in 2013.