Optics (Operational Threat Integrated Corrective Spectacles) - Production and Initial Human Factors Testing

Lunettes Optics (Lunettes Correctrices Intégrées à l’Équipement de Protection Contre les Menaces Opérationnelles) - Production et Essais Initiaux Relatifs aux Facteurs Humains


  1. Angel, H.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
This report details the design, development and preliminary testing of three different Operational Threat Integrated Corrective Spectacles (OPTICS) concepts. The aim of the OPTICS project is to develop an integrated set of corrective eyewear inserts that will be compatible with ballistic protective eyewear and will be compatible for use inside the in-service C-4 respirator. Over the course of 13 months, three different OPTICS concepts were designed, developed and delivered to DCIEM. An iterative design approach with user feedback was utilized. Each concept employed a different approach for meeting the aims of the device; Concept 0 utilized a Commercial Off the Shelf sports-style prescription insert as its starting point, Concept 1 used a previously developed NBC spectacle as its inspiration and finally Concept 2 used a unique carrier approach. The concept of fielding a system that could utilize a prescription insert with ballistic eyewear and with a C4 respirator was well received. The participants also identified the need to have a minimum of two sets of OPTICS inserts. Advantages and disadvantages with all of the concepts developed were noted. Overall the participants believed that Concept 0 and Concept 1 were the most promising for further development and testing. Proposed modifications to all concepts were noted. The participants believed that further development should only proceed after CTS has identified a winner in its ballistic eyewear program. Additional test requir

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Operational Threat Integrated Corrective Spectacles;OPTICS;Corrective Spectactles;eyewear;ballistic protection;eyewear inserts;Clothe The Soldier;CTS
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2007-024 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Jun 2006
Number of Pages
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