As Dayton startup Battle Sight Technologies approaches its second birthday, the company is preparing to launch a suite of new products to serve the warfighter, founder and president Nick Ripplinger said.
The company recently announced a new licensing deal with the Air Force Research Laboratory that would enable it to build out its suite of infrared spectrum tools using a new phosphor technology. This phosphor works like the light in watch dials — it charges on any type of light, then emits in the infrared spectrum — Ripplinger explained. The charge lasts about 20 hours.
Battle Sight will be using the material to spin out at least four new products for its military customers. The first product will be phosphor-equipped badges that enable friendly identification on the battlefield or in a training environment, Ripplinger said.
The phosphor can also be incorporated into a paint-like substance used to mark tools and make it easier to identify items on a patrol or similar mission.
Another use for the tech includes its ability to act as a backlight that allows soldiers to keep track of important information, frequencies or locations (think the reflective bands that quarterbacks use to keep play info on their person), Ripplinger described.
In its powder form, the phosphor can be used to tag and track objects, he added.
Battle Sight Technologies is developing a second product, an infrared sea dye marker, using the infrared capsules in its CrayTac markers.
The marker utilizes buoyant, chemiluminescent squares that float with a life raft, which will be used to decrease response time and increase ease when finding downed pilots and aircraft, Ripplinger explained.
The dye was developed in tandem with end-user feedback, Ripplinger said. Military leaders visited the company’s shop and brainstormed with the Battle Sight team. Their concept won the first Air Force Pitch Day competition, and Battle Sight used the prize money to fund the prototype, which debuted at Tech Warrior in June.
“There’s no better feeling than when the warfighter is coming to us with a problem because they think we can fix it,” Ripplinger said. “We have the best customers in the world.”
Battle Sight’s new suite of phosphor tech products is expected to hit the market in the first quarter of 2020.
As the product line grows, Ripplinger hopes to grow the team as well. He expects to hire four to six employees in year three, ranging from product managers to administrators and brand managers.
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