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JUL 2019

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40 P O L I C E J U LY 2 019 with instructions so that officers can achieve maximum viewing benefits. e Orions are mil-spec ballistic certi- fied, and although worn like tradition- al sunglasses, their optically superior performance cannot be compared with conventional dark lens eyewear. Orion performance claims are ver- ified by formal and independent re- search conducted by the U.S. Army, Nav y, and Air Force. Additional re- search confirms that Orion eyewear provides a 5- to 10-minute "dark adap- tion head start" when compared to an unfiltered eye. is can be a life-saving advantage during law enforcement tactical entries or room clearing oper- ations that should be executed within 30 to 60 seconds. It can also make great difference during patrol actions. A formal Orion white paper prepared by a Ph.D.-level optical physicist and re- search scientist says: "e human eye's wide dynamic range employs two dif- ferent physiological mechanisms: phot- opic vision (high light) and scotopic (low light levels)." e structures of the eye responsible for photopic vision are cone cells, which have superior acuity [sharp- ness] and color distinction. Rod cells provide scotopic vision in low light, but have poor color distinction. e white paper continues: "e novel [Orion] filter material is designed to reduce a portion of the…spectrum that inhibits scotopic vision and thus dark adaptation time is reduced." In addition: "…visual acuity is maintained through a careful balance of scotopic and photopic vision" [and both] "…are tuned to provide optimum acuity for tablet, PDA, and computer displays." e white paper summary says: "When the [Orion] Dark Adaption Dis- play Screen Filter is added to the display screens of tablets and laptops, the user has the visual acuity required to com- fortably view the image display and [the] dark adaption required when look- ing away from the device." e physicist also affirms that careful consideration of these differences and the interaction of these two vision pro- cesses generated patents for Spectrum's Orion Night Vision Filters, Orion Opti- cal Eyewear Filters, and the new Orion Display Screen Filters. CASE STUDIES As the president, founder, and sole own- er of Spectrum Technologies and the innovator of Orion Vision, I hear great stories about our products. Following the introduction of my original night vision technologies, I re- ceived powerful narratives from war- fighters and law enforcement officers using Orion Optical Eyewear Filters and Orion Filters mounted on their night vi- sion goggles. For example, an active duty Seal Team-6 Operator said, "e biggest ad- vantage I notice [with Orion Eyewear] is being able to walk from direct sunlight into a dimly lit hallway and being able to see as if I had been inside the whole time. is is an awesome advantage in my line of work." An FBI Special Field Agent in Af- ghanistan using Orion Eyewear said, "anks for keeping us in the fight by keeping us safe… life, limb, and eye- sight. Glad you're part of the Team." Another Nav y Seal told me, "…[Orion Night Vision Filter] saved my life. ank you." Our innovative Orion computer dis- play screen filters are part of the new- est generation of night vision products being introduced to law enforcement agencies and the U.S. Military. Spectrum Technologies' initial roll- out focuses on the now-available Orion over-the-screen dark adapting filters for the Panasonic Toughbook CF-30 and CF31 ruggedized computers used by both law enforcement and military commands. ese filters are not touch screen compatible and the computer keyboard still controls all screen func- tions. However, in the very near future, I anticipate Orion dark adapting filter technology will be incorporated into se- lect touch-screen displays that embody our enhanced night vision capabilities. ese proven technologies will become important vision assets for every type and size of electronic display. Our Orion dark adapting filters will be mandated by those who require safe and rapid night vision during extreme light conditions. I believe this technol- ogy will soon be incorporated into law enforcement vehicles, fire and rescue vehicles, aircraft, military and civilian land vehicles, and watercraft of all sizes. Tomorrow's advanced Orion Vision and rapid dark adapting solutions are now available, and their future appli- cations are limited only by our personal imaginations. Kirk Kreutzig is president, founder, and sole owner of Spectrum Technologies In- ternational Ltd. Healthy eyes require approximately 10 to 30 minutes to achieve full dark adaption. (Left) viewing a bright computer screen can cause night blindness. (Below) an Orion Over- the-Screen Filter prevents this problem. PHOTOS: SPECTRUM TECHNOLOGIES WHAT DOES MY TECH DO?

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