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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,998.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-06-M-6662
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-019-2154
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF06-019
Solicitation Number:
2006.1
Small Business Information
ALPHAMICRON INC.
277 Martinel Dr., Kent, OH, 44240
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
192467199
Principal Investigator:
Jon Ruth
Project Coordinator
(330) 676-0648
jon@alphamicron.com
Business Contact:
Alexis McKinney
Administrative Associate
(330) 676-0648
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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