Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 1R43GM059512-01
Amount: $100,011.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1999
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
6195 CORNERSTONE CT E, #114, SAN DIEGO, CA, 92121
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
Phone: (858) 452-2603
Research Institution
Not Available Physical Sciences Inc. proposes to develop a system of variable color electrochromic (EC) devices and sensors for actively sensing the background environment of an object and adjusting its reflectivity in visible wavelengths to minimize its contrast with the environment. The LEOPARD(tm) (Light Electro-Optical Active Reflectivity Device) technology is a system comprising a large number of panels covering the surface of the object, with each panel comprising a number of electrochromic devices, and a high resolution color CCD camera(s). Our design will incorporate a distributed architecture with microcontroller intelligence at the panel level. For electrochromic devices with variable reflectance over visible wavelengths, we propose to use conductive polymers. Such devices can be fabricated as mechanically rugged, thin films on flexible kapton substrates, they can withstand a wide temperature range, and can be manufactured at low cost. In Phase I, we will construct several electrochromic devices of various color ranges and demonstrate the proof-of principle of real time control of color of an EC device as the video camera views different target colors. In Phase I Option, we will develop a preliminary design and breadboard a multi-device panel, and conduct preliminary environmental testing to select conductive polymers for Phase II developments. BENEFITS: The military market is a clear near-term opportunity for commercial applications of the LEOPARD technology, but a vari

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