Innovating the future yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
AMI was founded in 1996 after Bahman Taheri, a scientist at Kent State University’s Liquid Crystal Institute (LCI), were approached by the Air Force to solve the problem of temporary light induced blindness and image wash-out in head up and head mounted displays that occurs in fast changing ambient lighting conditions. This had been an issue for the Air Force for decades. AlphaMicron was established to create a new visor technology to give fighter pilots near instantaneous control over the tint of their visor. The founders studied the unsuccessful attempts by several companies and determined that the best solution was a new dye-doped liquid crystal system. In particular to meet the needs presented, the solution had to:
Flexible – so it can meet different form factors,
Fail-safe – so it fails to clear in case of power failure,
Capable of fast switching (faster than a blink of an eye),
Adjustable – so the user can tailor it to his/her need.
Working in close collaboration with Department of Defense through Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants, AphaMicron developed a unique liquid crystal based technology that could be implemented on a doubly-curved, head-mounted visor (Variable Tint Visor or VTV) that provided the user with electronic control over the tint or color of the visor faster than a blink of an eye (0.1s) – creating the first ever variably attenuating guest-host liquid crystal system implemented on flexible, plastic substrates that provided electronic Tint-on- Demand control, dubbed e-Tint®.
Today, AlphaMicron has a line of consumer electronic tint-on- demand ski goggle, eyewear and motorcycle visors. It has received approval from the US Army to provide the next generation of tactical electronic protective eyewear spectacles and goggles. And it is working on a number of projects providing solutions in various industries, from automotive and architectural to the AR, VR and near-eye displays.
At AlphaMicron, the future is seamlessly connected to what we are doing today – because we create the future.