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Electroactive Polymers Power Versatile Lighting
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Flexlink(TM) and Nightlink(TM) Bring New Capabilities to Military Protection

ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 12, 2005--Light-emitting coatings powered by electroactive polymers have a wide range of applications, including flexible tent lighting and Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) indicators.

Crosslink, a St. Louis-based company developing applications using electroactive polymers, specializes in taking novel materials and processes out of the lab and into reality -- creating improvements for everyday activities in both military and commercial applications.

These light-emitting coatings are durable, flexible and can be used on a variety of materials including plastic, metal and fabric. The coatings create zero heat emissions and will stay lit in abusive environments withstanding piercing, abrasion or compression. Light can also be emitted in both the visible and non-visible spectrum. Visible light emission on fabric is enabling the United States Army to integrate light-emitting coatings into the fabric of the tent itself while eliminating standard light fixtures. Non-visible light emission, also known as near infrared (NIR), helps armed forces with Identification, Friend or Foe (IFF). IFF technology allows personnel to observe unknown persons, vehicles or airplanes in the dark. When these IFF symbols are detected, the person or vehicle can be classified as friendly or enemy combatant.

"Conductive polymers unlock the potential to improve a variety of items we use everyday," said Brent St. John, president and chief executive officer of Crosslink. "From high-end electronics to military protection, Crosslink's technologies provide a better solution."

Source: Crosslink

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