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Army Researchers Imagine Devices Without Cords or Batteries

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

ADELPHI, Md. — Imagine if you could wrap a small, thin piece of transparent material around any surface and it would charge electronic devices such as your phone or laptop. Thanks to Army researchers, this idea could be a reality for future warfighters in combat.

A team led by Professor Tomás Palacios at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Dr. Madan Dubey, a research physical scientist at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory, conducted game-changing study describing an antenna that can absorb Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and cellular signals and efficiently turn it into usable electrical energy. Their work is published in the high-impact journal Nature.

“Today, Wi-Fi is becoming increasingly omnipresent in both indoor and outdoor environments and provides an abundant source of always-on radiofrequency energy,” Dubey said. “What’s missing is an efficient, flexible and always-on energy-harvesting solution to power devices, which is indispensable for self-powered systems. We have discovered a way to potentially fill this gap and to make it useful for Soldiers on the battlefield.”

Dubey said the invention has proven the potential for a conformal atomically thin layer of material for generation of power without any power cords using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and millimeter wave that is used in some 5G wireless communication systems.

“It has the potential to revolutionize Soldier’s situational awareness and readiness as these materials and devices can be integrated into health and monitoring systems, displays, communication and sensing systems for the Soldier,” Dubey said.

At the center of all of these components is a new revolutionary material, molybdenum-di-sulphide, or MoS2, which is only a few atoms thick. Its extreme thinness allows the electronics systems made out of it to be transparent, and only become visible when designed for displaying information.

“The technology is a game changer for the Army and Department of Defense as it will enable a transparent, flexible/conformal, self-powered, atomically thin system-on-chip embedded in smart textile that has never been realized before,” Dubey said. “These future systems will feature micron size, light-weight, optical transparency and state-of-the-art transistors and sensors to provide the Soldier with real time information, prepare for planning/action and security in all terrain. If the team’s radio wave-absorber succeeds, it will power those ever-present electronics 24/7, no battery needed.”

“The enabling technology is very critical for Army modernization formulation in Multi-Domain Operations,” Dubey said. “It will be a game-changer technology to power devices that will enable higher Soldier lethality, improve cognitive neuroscience and the novel engineered materials required for Next Generation Combat Vehicle.”

According to Dubey, this technology is a key building block to create, for example, an Alexa-like device that is 1,000 times smaller in size, but much more powerful in performance, while being flexible and conformable to meet mission requirements.

For Dubey, this research would not be as successful if it weren’t for the collaboration between the laboratory and MIT.

“MIT has been and continues to be a true and trusted partner with several successful proven achievements through the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies,” Dubey said. “ARL has established a very strong collaboration and partnership through the visit/exchange of researchers and scientists participating at the bench level.”

The Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies is a team of MIT, Army and industry partners working together to discover and field technologies that dramatically advance Soldier protection and survivability capabilities.

The demonstrated energy harvester discussed here will have a huge impact in future systems, and is one of the several components that the MIT-Army team is jointly developing to transform the electronic microsystems that provide situational awareness and intelligence to the Soldier.

By CCDC Army Research Laboratory

2020 ADS Ft Bragg Warfighter Expo – Novatio Engineering’s Ex-Power 1000 & 2000

Friday, March 13th, 2020

Novatio Engineering offers Multi-Fuel generators. They accept JP-8, diesel, gasoline or alcohol fuels and can be switched from one duel to another at the flip of a switch.

Above, the Ex-Power weighs 32.9 lbs and creates 900 Watts of AC electricity while the Ex-Power 2000 seen below weighs 52 lbs and offers 1.5 kW.


SHOT Show 20 – Wilcox FUSION System

Wednesday, January 29th, 2020

Wilcox Industries has been working on powered weapon rails for years, but now International customers are beginning to field their FUSION system.

Wilcox refers to FUSION as an “electrical power management system” which provides centralized power to the weapon’s accessories via a removable Battery Management Power Supply System for CR123A with primary and backup power switch. It also works as a data bus.

This waterproof battery case powers the system and is mounted to the 6 o’clock position just in front of the magwell.

The system is modular. The triangular inserts are for heat mitigation with a Remote light/laser Activation Switch which can also be inserted into these slots. The light module was developed with SureFire and uses their Vampire head for White and IR illumination. Like everything else, it’s is removable and the compact form factor is thanks to the central power source.

Below, you can see FUSION Reflex Sighting System and 3X magnifier with flip mount. The Reflex Sight is based on Wilcox’s BOSS.

The final component to FUSION is BTAC, a software system which serves as a Blue Force Tracker and fuses data from other Wilcox systems like the RAPTAR-S rangefinder. In addition to a power and data bus, FUSION incorporates a shot counter which can be depicted on the Reflex Sighting System. It can also monitor the temperature of the weapon.

Additional accessories are under development. Wilcox has also developed other versions of FUSION for other weapons like the Beretta ARX160.

Pelican GO G40 Case with 10000mAh Portable Charger and Wireless Qi Charging

Friday, December 27th, 2019

Pelican has expanded their GO Case line with the addition of the G40 Case with 10000mAh Portable Charger and Wireless Qi Charging.

Not only will this water (IP67 = submerged under 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes), crush and dust proof case protect your electronic items such as a cellular devices, it will charge them as well, using the wireless Qi charging capability. In fact, it will charge most phones up to four times.

The color for this model is Anthricite and Grey. So far we’ve found it for sale on Amazon.

Former Parent Company of Revision Military Announces Name Change To Galvion

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada (November 26, 2019) – Following the recent announcement of the sale of its protective eyewear business to ASGARD Partners & Co., the remaining Armor, Soldier Power and Electronics, Vehicle Platform Power and Advanced Concept divisions of Revision Military will move forward under the new corporate name GALVION.

“Eyewear was the foundation on which the company was built and early on, the Revision name became synonymous with our world-class military eye protection. Today, the company’s portfolio has grown to encompass a much wider range of active and integrated systems, and strategically, it made sense for the Revision name to stay with the legacy eyewear business,” said CEO, Jonathan Blanshay. “As Galvion, we move forward with a sharpened focus, and a mission to provide solutions that enhance the overall agility and survivability of the modern military and tactical operator. We exist to empower them to meet both the immediate and future challenges they may face,” added Blanshay.

Galvion will continue to design and manufacture protective head and torso products, develop customized power supply and management solutions for both soldier and vehicle, and invest in the development of advanced concept, integrated systems based on human-centered innovation and deep end-user insights. “Our focus is on active, performance-enhancing equipment – making the soldier faster, lighter and more connected than ever before. For Galvion, it will always be about providing the absolute best solutions for operators, with the ultimate goal for protective gear to be the last line of defense, rather than the first,” said Blanshay.

“As a company, our strength has always been the caliber, passion and ingenuity of our people, and as a team, we are incredibly excited to build the Galvion name and brand while continuing to honor our history as a company,” continued Blanshay. Customers, vendors and partners should expect the same dedicated design, engineering, sales and support team at Galvion, along with an energized commitment to exceed expectation and imagination. Additional information regarding name change and conducting business with the new corporate entity will be shared with partners as available.


DSEI 19 – Sur-Ron High Performance Electric Bike

Friday, September 13th, 2019

Polaris displayed the Sur-Ron High Performance Electric Bike, mounted to a DAGOR vehicle.

The E-Bike weighs 7 kg and offers 8.5N.m torque for a top speed of 73 km/h with a battery life of 2.5-3.5 hours.

The Polaris DAGOR is one of the vehicles competing for the US Army’s Infantry Squad Vehicle Program.

Rampart Range Day 19 – Brenergy 6T Li-on 24v Battery by Bren-Tronics

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

Gone are the days of dual Lead-Acid 12v batteries in military vehicles with 24v systems. Bren-Tronics, makers of military batteries and charging systems has introduced Brenergy 6T 24v Lithium Ion batteries.

Likely to continue to be used in pairs (or more) on tactical military vehicles, it will output up to 3.2kWh and offers a capacity of Capacity 2.7kWh (Power), 3.2kWh (Energy). The battery weighs 42lbs and will last 3,000 cycles.

Bren-Tronics products are available in Canada from Rampart International.

SOFIC 19 – Revision Individual Power Manager

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

Revision recently bought Protonex and based on the success of the Squad Power Manager, they’ve introduced the new Individual Power Manager. It’s got half the ports, weighs half as much, and is half the cost of the SPM, but still uses Nett Warrior connectors and provides power scavenging and battery management.