In March, the Air Force awarded Battle Sight Technologies $165,000 to continue developing products based off the core patches, tapes and molded parts to support low-light/no-light communication.
“Through express tech licensing, it is easy to discover which technologies are available and also learn about pre-negotiated terms and pricing,” said Sunita Chavan, Materials and Manufacturing Technology Transfer Office lead. “There is total transparency. If a company is interested in entering into a licensing agreement, they can complete an easy application.”
“One-stop shopping” is a term Chavan uses to explain express tech licensing. The user-friendly process makes Air Force technologies available to companies of all sizes while eliminating lengthy contract negotiations associated with government patent licensing.
Pre-determined upfront fees and royalty fees are what make the express licensing platform an easy option, according to Chavan.
“AFRL is a leading research organization right here in our back yard and as a commercialization firm, continuing this mutually beneficial relationship is a huge win for Battle Sight,” said Nick Ripplinger, BST president.
The next steps include learning how to scale-up the production process. “We are used to making small, lab-scale batches where we can produce 15 crayons per day, said Brott. “We are getting such interest in this product that we are now being asked to make 200 crayons daily.”
Various “flavors” of crayons are also being requested that match different scenarios. Infrared crayons that leave no trace, and crayons that glow visibly at night while leaving a bright pink pigment mark for daytime viewing are a few examples.
These variations are for first responders who might answer to a night-time train wreck. After searching a train car, they would mark it so that it would be visible at night, and also apparent once the sun rises.
“We are working hard to meet a deadline, for a ‘first responder’ convention in October and anticipating a much larger demand for the crayons after the word gets out,” Brott said.
The future may hold a non-toxic version for home use, perhaps even as sidewalk chalk.
To learn more about crayons, go to https://battlesighttech.com/products/.
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