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Segmented Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal TFB Glasses

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
72853
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F051-064-1030
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Dynamic Eye, Inc.
345 MT LEBANON BLVD STE 6 Pittsburgh, PA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Segmented Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal TFB Glasses
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-05-M-6580
Award Amount: $92,278.00
 

Abstract:

Surface mode nematic liquid crystal light shutters have previously been shown to supply sufficient switching speeds and optical densities to serve as thermal flash blindness (TFB) protection shields. Ferroelectric liquid crystal light shutters exhibit similar switching speeds and contrast ratios to surface mode nematics. In addition, ferroelectric liquid crystals shutters are bistable, so they can be employed in a multiplexed, segmented array of pixels. Segmented ferroelectric shields would improve the operational effectiveness of the aircrew by only darkening the portion of the shields between the operator's pupils and the blinding light source while leaving the remainder of the field of view unaffected. This proposal demonstrates the feasibility of segmented ferroelectric liquid crystal flash blindness shields by assembling a specialized segmented sensor, a microcontroller, driver circuitry, and ferroelectric shields into a proof-of-principle prototype. The prototype is tested for response time, switching speed, viewing angle, and spectral characteristics. Segmented shields would have an impact far beyond TFB protection. Configured as sunglasses, they would revolutionize glare protection throughout the military by improving visual acuity and curtailing eyestrain due to glare.

Principal Investigator:

Christopher Mullin
CEO
7168375499
cmullin@dyneye.com

Business Contact:

Christopher Mullin
CEO
7168375499
cmullin@dyneye.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

DYNAMIC EYE, INC.
243 Brantwood Road Amherst, NY 14226

EIN/Tax ID: 542099414
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No