Malicious use of high power laser pointers on aircraft is rapidly growing: there are over 10 incidents per day in European airspace, up 14x from 2008. It is particularly dangerous at night, during final approach. The bright light causes distraction or temporary blindness and is a serious public safety hazard.
Green lasers are the most hazardous because the eye is most sensitive to that colour. There is a need for an active system in which a filter integrated into the pilot's visor or eyewear can be switched to selectively block the laser wavelengths when a beam is detected, but still allow other colours through so that the pilot can safely control the aircraft.
Our solution is to use our plastic display technology to make an active shutter that can block the laser light, but still allow enough of the other colours through to allow the pilots to safely land their aircraft.
Folium Optics specialises in plastic display technologies. The plastic allows us to make the shutters very thin and robust. They can also be any shape and can be curved to fit into the goggles.
If you're interested in finding our more about this technology please do get in touch.