Smart Flat Panel Multifunction Color Display (MFCD) with Positive Pilot Feedback

Period of Performance: 11/02/2001 - 05/02/2002


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Scientific Research Corp.
2300 Windy Ridge Parkway, Suite 400 South
Atlanta, GA 30339
Principal Investigator


Scientific Research Corporation proposes to develop a Smart Multi-Function Color Display (SMFCD) employing a color flat panel active matrix liquid crystal display (AMLCD) and MFCD technology. This SMFCD will incorporate touch screen technology to activate sub-screens or internal systems. The activation of sub-screens or internal systems will provide the user visual and bio-mechanical feedback. The investigation into the design of the unit will select the optimum topology to incorporate positive user feedback into SMFCD with touch screens. The implementation of touch screen technology will benefit the SMFCD in two ways; replace the existing high failure rate Bezel assembly, and allow for an increased viewable area on the display. This SMFCD will be capable of displaying mission data, navigation data, and other multifunction color display information in high performance aircraft. The SMFCD will be a form, fit, and functional (F3) replacement to the targeted MFCD on the T-45. The user-interface on the SMFCD will be identical to the user-interface on the existing MFCD. The "Fast-Track" avenue will be pursued for this effort including signing Non Disclosure Agreements with Government approved AMLCD display manufacturers such as already having signed with Astronautics Corporation of America. This implementation strategy of immediately designing a F3 replacement with superior reliability and upgradeable for touch screen technology represents the optimum "Win-Win" scenario for the Government and negates the cost of major retrofits to the T-45 and the retraining of U.S. Navy personnel. The SMFCD will be designed as a scaleable form, fit, and function replacement that can be easily installed into any ground, airborne, or rotary based platform in the U.S. Armed Forces, NATO, and other foreign military platforms. This SMFCD will be low cost for commercial airlines and small to mid size aviation companies usage. By adding voice activation, the SMFCD can be used in the automotive industry.