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Proposal Number: 0512003
Proposal Title: Less-Lethal Eye Safe Handheld LED-Based Incapacitator for Law Enforcement
Topic Number: H-SB05.1-005
Phase: Phase II
Topic Title: INNOVATIVE LESS-LETHAL DEVICES FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT
Organization: Intelligent Optical Systems, Inc.
Address: 2520 W. 237th Street
Torrance, CA 90505-5217  
Abstract: In Phase I, Intelligent Optical Systems (IOS) developed and demonstrated a hand-held, battery operated prototype nonlethal weapon that utilizes an array of super-bright light emitting diodes (LEDs) to produce flashing light that causes disorientation and flashblindness in the target subject(s). To enhance the effectiveness of the LED-based Incapacitator (LEDI), IOS incorporated and evaluated such supplementary features as multiple colors, random and periodically changing frequencies and intensities of light, an embedded flashlight, a multidirectional strobe, and an ultrasonic rangefinder, which provides eye-safe operation. IOS also outlined, by establishing the preliminary calculations for narrow beam forming optics and a powerful die cluster on a single substrate, the development of a device that will operate at power levels close to the eye-damage threshold, yet in hand-held format. In Phase II, IOS will develop and fabricate a LEDI, and tests will be performed on human subjects. The final Phase II LEDI prototype will operate at the eye-damage threshold at distances up to 21-25 feet, and produce strong flashblindness with afterimages at distances up to 50 feet. The LEDI is intended to serve as a complementary supportive weapon for the nonlethal Tazer and other more lethal equipment of military and security personnel.
Award/Contract Number: NBCHC060081
Period of Performance: 09/14/2006 - 09/13/2008
Award/Contract Value: $770,000.00
Award/Obligated Amount: $770,000.00