US Army awards a Phase II development contract to Zyberwear

ON the basis of its successful completion of its Phase I study, Zyberwear has been awarded a $730,000 Phase II SBIR contract by the US Army RDECOM,  for development of a “Terahertz Intracavity Spectrometer”.  This instrument when completed will be able to detect parts per billion to parts per trillion of vapors from explosives and contraband.  This for ultra-trace molecular vapor recognition will have immediate application in military and commercial screening for threat compounds and contraband having very low vapor pressures.  Such compounds include explosives, chemical gases, biological aerosols, drugs, and banned or invasive plants or animals.   Also, biomedical breath analysis and non-invasive law-enforcement searches are envisioned.

The commercial form of is tentatively named Hyperdog™.  Hyperdog in use is sketched below, for rapid and exhaustive search of such sealed volumes as shipping containers.  Of the 50,000 shipping containers entering through our ports each work day, fewer than 5% are physically opened, with less than 0.5% strip-searched for explosives, weapons, contraband or persons.  Hyperdog can simply take a long “sniff” of the air inside the sealed container to detect and quantify the vapors from prohibited substances…. without unpacking or even opening the sealed shipping container.


USAF  awards Phase I development contract to Zyberwear

NSF has awarded a $100,000 Phase I STTR contract to Zyberwear and its subcontractor, the University of Central Florida.  Titled “Plasmonic Tunable Terahertz Detector”, this development program is to develop the first commercial THz photo-transistor as a compact, light weight, tunable, THz detector for spectral sensing and space-situational awareness applications.   Our innovation will enable a high sensitivity, high resolution imaging spectrometer for “seeing” through barriers, identifying dynamic targets, and tracking  threats while providing continuous chemical analysis of objects in the field of view

Our team is already working with the Air Force  Research Lab (Hanscom AFB) on prototype devices; this favors the prospect of Phase III integration of our technology into several relevant Air Force programs.



National Science Foundation awards Phase I development contract to Zyberwear

NSF has awarded a $150,000 Phase I SBIR contract to Zyberwear for development of a novel biosensor for extremely faint traces of bio-molecules, cells, microbes, and their interactions.  When development is completed, this new class of Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) biosensor  will have immediate impact in life science, biosensors, electroanalysis, drug discovery, food/water quality and safety, environmental science, gas-and liquid-phase chemical sensors, forensics, defense and security.

The Phase I feasibility study is intended to verify the projected sensing performance of our innovation via calculation and empirical measurement, to validate the design and construction of a fieldable preproduction prototype in Phase II


National Science Foundation awards Phase II development contract to Zyberwear

Based on Zyberwear's successful completion of Phase I investigation, NSF has awarded a $464,000 Phase II SBIR contract for development of focal plane arrays for a camera which images terahertz-wavelength images. Perhaps more importantly it provides unprecedented sensitivity and frame rate for a thermal IR camera.

. Sees through clothing, envelopes, packages
. No unsafe ionizing radiation
. Non-pornographic
. UV-VIS-IR-THz bolometric sensing range
. Unprecedented sensitivity, capable of high frame rate
. Uncooled array
. Arrays prototyped for thermal IR

Phase II goals: build preproduction 64X64 focal plane array and camera for immediate release to marketing and production; design 320X240 focal plane array chip.

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