Touchstone - Rugged Touchscreen Button with Positive Indication Feedback
NAVAIR seeks to replace the current Landing Signal Officer Display System (LSODS) monitor and physical button design with a ruggedized touchscreen featuring a reconfigurable physical button-like haptic response. This project aims to create a LSODS haptic overlay touchscreen with tactile/haptic feedback built in that can be integrated to upgrade legacy systems and future rugged touchscreen designs. These haptic touchscreens will provide a simplified user interface, provide a method for users to verify they are hovering over an actual software button and to trust that their entries will be made whether they are distracted or wearing gloves. Suitable for integration into rugged screens used by the DOD and Industry, the software will allow designers to easily assign and manipulate haptic feel for user interface (UI) buttons/widgets to create truly scalable and customizable systems.
BISCEP (Biomass Incinerating Stirling Cycle Energy Producer)
The United States Marine Corps wants to eliminate liquid fuel needs except for mobility platforms by 2025. Mide, an agile company with proven ability to develop advanced engineering solutions and a proven track record of generating innovative ideas, is developing a Biomass-Incinerating-Stirling Cycle-Energy-Provider (BISCEP) power source. Our Stirling Engine will provide Marines with an alternate power source thereby reducing their dependency on fossil fuels. The end product will have energy densities greater than 25W/sq ft and 5W/lbs. In addition, our revolutionary engine will be produce either nominal 24VDC output or a 120VAC output.
Midé, an expert on smart materials and their applications, has teamed with MIT to create a next generation light-weight atmospheric diving suit (ADS). Current ADS are essentially one man submarines, bulky and heavy on the ship with limited functionality at depth. The priority of this effort is to create new joints, allowing more natural human movement than current suits; maximizing maneuverability and minimizing user exertion. The team is evaluating novel materials and composites, and analyzing Lines of Non Extension (LoNE) on the human body to help optimize the placement of and functionality of the LW-ADS joints. LW-ADS will enable ADS usage in broad Navy diving mission types by providing fast insertion (from smaller ADS launch craft), no risk of decompression sickness, and improved ADS capability.
Midé developed a Retractable Advanced Mooring System (RAMS) to minimize maintenance and reduce manpower on current fixtures used by DDG 51 Class Navy ships. RAMS uses high performance, corrosion resistant materials to eliminate routine maintenance. Midé anticipates the Phase II effort to generate a fielded system that improves operation and reduces costs for Navy and other potential commercial applications. Recently, the Navy has placed an emphasis on reducing total ownership costs, especially maintenance costs, and this technology can provide those benefits. Midé Technology Corporation develops, produces and markets high performance products such as HydroActive™ bulkhead shaft seals, portable vibration data loggers, and other smart solutions. Midé’s innovative people, systems approach, and customer focus enables delivery of improved systems that reduce maintenance and total life-cycle costs.