Cross-Domain Goggles with an Integrated, Illuminated Display
Navy SBIR 2018.1 - Topic N181-086
ONR - Ms. Lore-Anne Ponirakis - email@example.com
Opens: January 8, 2018 - Closes: February 7, 2018 (8:00 PM ET)
Battlespace, Electronics, Sensors
ACQUISITION PROGRAM: Naval
Sea Systems Command 06, Naval Special Warfare (SEA06-NSW)
OBJECTIVE: Develop and
transition wide-field-of-view (approximately 114 degrees) goggles, capable of
performing both underwater to 100 feet and above water, and containing an
internally illuminated display. Goggles need to be able to be cleared if
flooded with water, equalize pressure as needed, and either be inherently
fog-free, or have a system to eliminate fogging.
DESCRIPTION: In light of an
increasingly competitive operational arena, Navy divers need to shed gear
weight, increase mobility, and have full situational awareness both underwater
and above water. Current diver masks are large and unwieldy, and must be
removed and stashed when leaving the water and donning night vision hardware.
Given advances in swim goggles and in miniaturization of illuminated displays,
it is timely to field a single cross-domain goggle capable of allowing seamless
transition from undersea to above. As goggles do not cover the nose,
innovations must be implemented to allow flooded goggles to be cleared,
underwater pressure to be equalized, and fogging to be eliminated (under and
above water). Sensing apparatus and processing packages for situational
awareness and augmented reality below and above water already exist, and can
feed illuminated displays if built into the goggles. The goggle will need to
be roughly comparable in size to ordinary lap swim goggles, and have simple,
easy to use controls or mechanisms for clearing, equalization, de-fogging and
switching the illuminated display on or off.
PHASE I: Develop a design for
a wide-field-of-view, Cross-Domain Goggle with an Integrated, Illuminated
Display (CDGIID) and analyze and specify the procedures and hardware for
clearing, equalizing and de-fogging the goggles and the illuminated display.
Designs should be sufficiently detailed to specify all hardware and materials
needed, their availability, how they will be implemented, and overall goggle
weight. External signals for the illuminated display can either be via
industry-standard connector (e.g., no bigger than USB3), or via Bluetooth or
similar, or both. Goggles must stand up to typical special operations skydiver
and underwater diver handling. The design created in Phase I should lead to
plans to build a prototype unit in Phase II.
PHASE II: Fabricate,
lab-test, and provide for form, fit, and function by operational Navy divers
both below and above water. Within the period of performance, revise the
design and refabricate an additional 10 units based on feedback.
PHASE III DUAL USE
APPLICATIONS: Create a marketing plan for reaching recreational users and
fabrication via 3D printing to bring the per unit cost down to two to three
1. Google. “Glass Explorer
2. Mims, Christopher.
“High-resolution displays for regular eyeglasses could put Google Glass to
shame, be available in one year”. Quartz. 10 Dec 2013. https://qz.com/156203/high-resolution-displays-for-regular-eyeglasses-could-put-google-glass-to-shame-be-available-in-one-year/
KEYWORDS: Goggles; Scuba
Diving; Skydiving; Parachuting; Heads Up Display; Illuminated Display