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Army Funds Development of Wrist Band Display (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on May, 22 2005 @ 11:02 PM
Universal Display Corporation, a leader in organic light emitting device technology, is the recipient of a $1.7 million contract with the U.S. Army via the Small Business Innovation Research program. The contract calls for the development, demonstration, and delivery of prototype flexible, wrist-worn computer and video display units to the U.S. Army.
May 17, 2005, Ewing, NJ--Universal Display Corporation has been awarded a two-year, $1.7 million SBIR (small business innovation research) Phase III contract by the U.S. Department of Defense to continue its development of flexible OLED-display technology for a next-generation military communications device.

In the new contract, Universal Display is to develop and deliver functional prototypes of a "portable flexible communication display device." The communications device will be form-fitted to a soldier's wrist and communicate wirelessly to a nearby computer, thereby enabling soldiers to see crucial video and graphics information in real time.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

The era of wrist-worn visual communication devices has arrived, approximately 50 years since they were shown in Dick Tracy cartoons. Once they reach the marketplace, that's just one more device folks will have to watch out for in locker rooms and public bathrooms.
[sorry for the intentional pun]

DoD phase III SBIR's are fairly rare because they require a pretty significant investment by the DoD agency sponsoring the original Phase I & Phase II program. Phase II generally requires the company to actually demonstrate some technology that should also be commercially viable. The first link listed below is for the DoD SBIR website that includes a searchable database for all previously awarded SBIR contracts as well as current solicitations (in case you have technology that the military might be interested in.

The second link is for Univeral Display Corporation. They appear to be doing pretty well even without the SBIR contract - they have a licensing agreement with Samsung and are featured in other color display using products.

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[edit on 5/22/2005 by ChemicalLaser]

posted on May, 22 2005 @ 11:06 PM
That is very, very cool. I sure would like one of those for myself. Anyhow this could in theory revolutionize the way that soldiers communicate, just imagine not having to be near eachother to get a face to face conversation. This is will be one of the worlds most revolutionary pieces of combat equipment, at least until these become helmet mounted visors.

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