Variable Optical Transmission Lens for Integrated Eyewear Protection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W91CRB-10-C-0015
Agency Tracking Number: A2-3881
Amount: $729,947.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: A08-132
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
2345 Anvil Street North, St. Petersburg, FL, -
DUNS: 836759522
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Hulya Demiryont
 Chief Scientist
 (727) 344-7300
Business Contact
 Pat McGovern
Title: CFO
Phone: (727) 344-7300
Research Institution
Currently, the warfighter is forced to change out tinted and clear lenses to accommodate changing light conditions. This is cumbersome, requires multi-task energy in stress conditions and in Iraq and Afghanistan has resulted in warfighters choosing not to don ballistic protective eyewear under stress conditions (when the need for eye protection is the most acute) resulting in an increased incidence of eye injury. The solution is a switchable technology that will allow the warfighter to wear only one set of protective eyewear in all light conditions resulting in decreased eye injury at lower overall cost to the Army as only one set of eyewear will be required. The EclipseVTS™ (Variable Transmission System) offered by Eclipse Energy Systems, Inc., (Eclipse) is a solution. In the Phase II effort, Eclipse will successfully transition from its Phase I prototype to a fully tested and approved spectacle prototype meeting all requirements including hearing protection and required electronics. With a battery life beyond the lifetime of the spectacle, 0 haze and perfect optical clarity, the devices will be further improved for speed and range and the custom frames and lenses finalized. Phase II will also explore transitioning to full scale production.

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