Segmented Thermal Flash Blindness Protection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-06-C-6629
Agency Tracking Number: F051-064-1030
Amount: $749,671.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-064
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
243 Brantwood Road, Amherst, NY, 14226
DUNS: 130917581
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Christopher Mullin
 (716) 837-5499
Business Contact
 Christopher Mullin
Title: President
Phone: (716) 837-5499
Research Institution
In Dynamic Eye’s Phase I project, it was shown that a standard twisted nematic liquid crystal cell, when driven with the appropriate waveforms, can act with sufficient speed and contrast to provide flash blindness protection, even in a segmented shield. Segmenting the 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. Segmented shields could also prove useful in many other operational areas where laser threats, glare from the sun or other light sources impairs an operators ability to accomplish an assigned task. The work in this proposal will create fully functional liquid crystal flash blindness shields by assembling a specialized segmented sensor, a microcontroller, driver circuitry, and optimized segmented LC shields into two functioning prototypes.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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