Engineers at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, have built a PALS/MOLLE compatible chest mount for smartphones and tablets. Businesses can license the design for commercialization.
For soldiers, first responders, law enforcement, and other field teams this patent-pending design offers hands-free access to their portable electronic devices for communication, navigation, or other activities, such as wearable sensor-linked patient monitoring.
The carrier can be mounted on the chest area of a vest or other clothing and flipped open to display maps, global positioning system coordinates, or other critical data while maintaining positive control of their equipment.
While the design and application are valuable and unique, equally so is the way in which this piece can be manufactured.
Naval engineers fabricated it with tools and equipment found in the field and materials such as thermoplastics, which allows for manufacturing to fit or support a variety of electronic devices to be molded or fitted into the holder.
Models of the device were designed, manufactured, tested, adjusted and redesigned during military operations in Afghanistan.
Businesses interested in developing the technology into a commercially-available product must first license it from the Navy.
- Ruggedized and compact configuration enables rapid viewing and access or stowage with minimized eye and hand movement
- Brings the concept of a heads up display to an environment outside the cockpit
- May be attached to the front side of body armor or to any other article of clothing worn by the user such as safety equipment, a uniform, or a medical brace
- Businesses can license US patent application number 20180140078 for commercialization
- TechLink provides no-cost licensing assistance
- Potential for collaboration with Navy researchers