AshChromics’s humble journey began in 1992, when the 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.
Ashwin-Ushas’ first patents were issued for an “electrochromic display device”. They now hold over twenty-five patents for the proprietary technology. They've had contributions from all ages to this technology!
The development of this cutting-edge technology garnered the attention of NASA. Ashwin-Ushas were then contracted to develop electrochromic technology for thermal regulation on microsatellites as part of their heating and cooling systems. AshChromics also began research into adaptive infrared camouflage.
After various research grants from the United States government, Ashwin-Ushas began to focus on electrochromic applications for consumer products. This experimentation is what eventually led to the revolutionary dual polymer design.
FADES® sunglasses began as a research project designed to help people with ARMD (Age Related Macular Degeneration). The company’s electrochromic expertise allowed them 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.
In 2011, Ashwin-Ushas purchased a larger location with access to more resources, enabling them to handle a growing number of incoming research projects.
Ashwin-Ushas saw the importance of electrochromic research and created AshChromics to focus on bringing FADES® auto-darkening sunglasses to consumers. They continue to make their customers a top priority as they research more new and exciting electrochromic technologies that make lives easier.
Every pair of FADES® Eyewear is backed by 25 years of research experience. AshChromics delivers products that are rugged, easy-to-use, and phenomenally functional electrochromic technologies that make lives easier.