The Rich History of AshChromics
The History of AshChromics
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Parent Company Ashwin-Ushas Founded
AshChromics’s humble journey begins in 1992, when our founder, Dr. Prasanna Chandrasekhar, set up Ashwin-Ushas Corp. He submitted his first research proposal to the Naval Facilities Engineering Command in the spring of 1993. He collaborated with his mother, learning from her years of scientific expertise, to write the proposal and it immediately received funding. That’s why every pair of FADES® Eyewear is backed by 25 years of research experience. We deliver products that are rugged, easy-to-use, and phenomenally functional.
Laying the Foundation
The first of our patents was issued for an “electrochromic display device”. We now hold over twenty-five patents for our proprietary technology.
We've had contributions from all ages to this technology!
Ashwin-Ushas and NASA
The development of our cutting-edge technology garnered the attention of NASA. We were then contracted to develop electrochromic technology for thermal regulation on their microsatellites as part of their heating and cooling systems. We also began research into adaptive infrared camouflage.
The Beginning of FADES® Tech
After various research grants from the government, Ashwin-Ushas began to focus on electrochromic applications for consumer products. This experimentation is what eventually led to our revolutionary dual polymer design.
The First FADES® Sunglasses
FADES® sunglasses began as a research project designed to help people with ARMD (Age Related Macular Degeneration). Our electrochromic expertise allowed us to craft glasses that would respond quickly to light, but also wouldn’t stay dark so long that it would potentially disorient the wearers. These glasses were effectively the first generation of FADES® eyewear.
Business is Good
In 2011, Ashwin-Usas purchased a larger location with access to more resources. This made us better equipped to handle the many research projects we had received.
The Start of AshChromics
Ashwin-Ushas saw the importance of our electrochromic research and created AshChromics to focus on bringing FADES® auto-darkening sunglasses to consumers. We continue to make our customers our top priority as we research more new and exciting electrochromic technologies to make their lives easier.
FADES® technology is made right here in New Jersey. Each insert and pair of sunglasses is quality tested and guaranteed. Borrowing from Ashwin-Ushas Corporation and their decades of experience with military grade technology, every piece of FADES® tech is built to last. We’re proud to say we’ve developed and manufactured these high-tech lenses in the United States of America.
About Our Company
AshChromics Is a new venture created by the research industry veterans at Ashwin-Ushas Corporation. AshChromics was founded in Marlboro, New Jersey, with the goal of bringing Ashwin-Ushas’ electrochromics FADES® technology to the general public. We worked endlessly for over a decade to perfect the technology, funding it both internally and through agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Energy.
Our aerospace and military development experience ensures our customers that FADES® eyewear by AshChromics is a tried and tested product, one meant to withstand anything and everything an active lifestyle can throw at it. And our patented electrochromic technology is the auto-darkening eyewear industry leader, offering contrast levels and switching times unparalleled by the competition. For the active individual, there is no better choice to protect your eyes than FADES® by AshChromics.