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Cross-Domain Goggles with an Integrated, Illuminated Display

Description:

TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Sensors, Electronics, Battlespace 

OBJECTIVE: Develop and transition wide-field-of-view (approximately 114 degrees) goggles, capable of performing both underwater to 100 feet and above water, and containing an internally illuminated display. Goggles need to be able to be cleared if flooded with water, equalize pressure as needed, and either be inherently fog-free, or have a system to eliminate fogging. 

DESCRIPTION: In light of an increasingly competitive operational arena, Navy divers need to shed gear weight, increase mobility, and have full situational awareness both underwater and above water. Current diver masks are large and unwieldy, and must be removed and stashed when leaving the water and donning night vision hardware. Given advances in swim goggles and in miniaturization of illuminated displays, it is timely to field a single cross-domain goggle capable of allowing seamless transition from undersea to above. As goggles do not cover the nose, innovations must be implemented to allow flooded goggles to be cleared, underwater pressure to be equalized, and fogging to be eliminated (under and above water). Sensing apparatus and processing packages for situational awareness and augmented reality below and above water already exist, and can feed illuminated displays if built into the goggles. The goggle will need to be roughly comparable in size to ordinary lap swim goggles, and have simple, easy to use controls or mechanisms for clearing, equalization, de-fogging and switching the illuminated display on or off. 

PHASE I: Develop a design for a wide-field-of-view, Cross-Domain Goggle with an Integrated, Illuminated Display (CDGIID) and analyze and specify the procedures and hardware for clearing, equalizing and de-fogging the goggles and the illuminated display. Designs should be sufficiently detailed to specify all hardware and materials needed, their availability, how they will be implemented, and overall goggle weight. External signals for the illuminated display can either be via industry-standard connector (e.g., no bigger than USB3), or via Bluetooth or similar, or both. Goggles must stand up to typical special operations skydiver and underwater diver handling. The design created in Phase I should lead to plans to build a prototype unit in Phase II. 

PHASE II: Fabricate, lab-test, and provide for form, fit, and function by operational Navy divers both below and above water. Within the period of performance, revise the design and refabricate an additional 10 units based on feedback. 

PHASE III: Create a marketing plan for reaching recreational users and fabrication via 3D printing to bring the per unit cost down to two to three hundred dollars. 

REFERENCES: 

1: Google. "Glass Explorer Edition". https://developers.google.com/glass/

2:  Mims, Christopher. "High-resolution displays for regular eyeglasses could put Google Glass to shame, be available in one year". Quartz. 10 Dec 2013. https://qz.com/156203/high-resolution-displays-for-regular-eyeglasses-could-put-google-glass-to-shame-be-available-in-one-year/

KEYWORDS: Goggles; Scuba Diving; Skydiving; Parachuting; Heads Up Display; Illuminated Display 

CONTACT(S): 

Reggie Beach 

(703) 696-6723 

reginald.beach@navy.mil 

Peter Squire 

(703) 696-0407 

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