Optically Driven Earplug

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00421-03-C-0006
Agency Tracking Number: N012-0401
Amount: $0.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
8608 University Green #5, PO Box 620377, Middleton, WI, 53562
DUNS: 147356091
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jeffrey Buchholz
 President
 (608) 831-0655
 jbuch@fibersound.com
Business Contact
 Jeffrey Buchholz
Title: President
Phone: (608) 831-0655
Email: jbuch@fibersound.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Optical coupling to an active earplug removes the wire link needed for conventional wired active earplugs. This improves ease of don and doff, eliminates potential snag hazards of a wire link and removes EMI or TEMPEST concerns with a wire link. Inaddition, there is no problem with radio interference or crosstalk that might be caused by an RF wireless link. The optical drive technology should be adaptable to various communications or hearing protection environments in which a circumaural device suchas an earmuff or helmet is used in addition to an earplug. Improves ease of don and doff, eliminates potential snag hazards of a wire link and removes EMI or TEMPEST concerns with a wire link

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