VALiD Visor: Variable Attenuation Liquid Crystal Device on Double-Curved Flexible Plastic Substrates

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-06-M-6662
Agency Tracking Number: F061-019-2154
Amount: $99,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-019
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
277 Martinel Dr., Kent, OH, 44240
DUNS: 192467199
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jon Ruth
 Project Coordinator
 (330) 676-0648
 jon@alphamicron.com
Business Contact
 Alexis McKinney
Title: Administrative Associate
Phone: (330) 676-0648
Email: alexis@alphamicron.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
An electronically controlled Variable Transmittance Visor (VTV) will permit a pilot to use a Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) system at maximum effectiveness in all lighting conditions without having to add or remove fixed-tint visors. This project will investigate the material and process advancements necessary to adapt AlphaMicron's patented VALiD™ guest-host liquid crystal technology and its patented thermoforming system to the fabrication of a large area, double-curved liquid crystal device employing flexible plastic substrates. A key issue will be the development of a transparent conductive material which is compatible with the significant deformations necessary to successfully thermoform a liquid crystal device to conform to the Air Force's HGU-55/P visor.

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