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Fast-Tint Protective Eyewear

ONR’s TechSolutions department has delivered the first 30 sets of what it calls Fast-Tint Protective Eyewear and US Navy SEALs getting fancy LCD sunglasses.Fast-Tint Protective Eyewear will surely show up as DLC in next SOCOM game and it change lens color on fly……….

The Office of Naval Research’s TechSolutions department is set to deliver to Navy Special Warfare Command personnel later this year new protective eyewear that will eliminate the need for warfighters to stop to change out colored lenses to accommodate differences in light levels.Fast-Tint Protective Eyewear (FTPE) was designed to enable NAVY SEALs to maintain ballistic protection under all lighting conditions, without interrupting their operational tempo.

Liquid crystal solutions within the lenses contain customized dyes that transition to amber, blue, dark gray or clear when an electric charge is applied. Lenses can change color automatically as wearers move in and out of varying environments or lens colors can be altered manually by pushing a small button on the side of the glasses.The lenses meet the American National Standards Institute‘s ballistic impact safety requirements.The request for new eyewear came to TechSolutions from warfighters in July 2009 and the project is almost complete. The initial delivery was for 30 pairs of the new eyewear which have already gone out for evaluation with warfighters who will use them in training.

After this evaluation, Special Operations Command (SOCOM) is expected to take delivery of the FTPE glasses.TechSolutions accepts recommendations and suggestions from Navy and Marine Corps personnel working at the ground level on ways to improve mission effectiveness through the application of technology. It is solely focused on delivering needed technology and moving the sea services toward more effective and efficient use of personnel.

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