The Akari AX.11 features e-Tint, a patented liquid-crystal technology enabling the insert to change from light to dark in less than 1/10th of a second. Riders can control the tint of the insert manually with a switch attached to the side of the faceshield or by programming the device to automatically darken/lighten via its light-sensing photocell. The inserts are powered by a rechargeable lithium battery with a 20-hour working time limit. The AX.11 should be on sale this March with a price tag of $150.
AlphaMicron Inc., a manufacturer of innovative liquid crystal eyewear applications, recently announced the e-Tint® AX-10 and AX-10 ARAI, the latest additions to their lineup of LCD motorcycle visor inserts. Both inserts feature the revolutionary patented liquid crystal technology developed for U.S. Air Force pilots, offering the motorsport enthusiast instant electronic tint in less than 1/10th of a second. A notable new feature includes the external button that may be mounted to the front of the faceshield for manual, rider-controlled tint. And now, with the AX-10 ARAI, you can enjoy e-Tint® with all Arai® helmet models.
“Riders often face crucial challenges with varying light conditions: cloud coverage changes, bright sun blazing at the end of a tunnel, gaps of sunlight piercing through buildings,” says Bahman Taheri, CEO of AlphaMicron. “For years, the motorcycle market has tried a host of mechanical solutions to reduce these hassles and safety risks. Finally, the world has been given an innovative, electronic solution: instantaneous tint on demand. Without a doubt, e-Tint® is a quantum leap in visor technology and is revolutionizing the motorcycle industry.”
The e-Tint® AX-10 inserts satisfy multiple demands on the road: safety, control, and convenience, all in a timely manner. Now riders may easily install an insert into their faceshield and eliminate the need to carry extra visors or wear sunglasses inside their helmet. This state of the art technology also improves riders’ visibility and greatly reduces eye strain in rapidly changing light conditions.
The inserts mount to nearly all standard faceshields by adhesive. The liner is removed from the adhesive gasket on the back, the insert is centered and aligned on the faceshield, and then it is pressed into place. No tools or special pins are required. Then, riders have the option to mount an adhesive backed button to the front of the faceshield for manual tint control. The insert is easily switched on and off by simply pressing the button. The e-Tint® AX-10s may also be used in automatic, light-sensing mode. A built-in photo cell changes the tint of the visor automatically, so riders may keep their hands on the bike and off of their helmet.
Additional features include a permanent anti-fog coating eliminating the need for re-application, like most wipe or spray anti-fog solutions. This feature is further enhanced by the double lens system. Air and moisture that is inevitably trapped between the insert and the polycarbonate faceshield will not cause fogging. In addition, the AX-10s are conveniently equipped with a rechargeable Lithium Polymer Ion battery (with built-in protection). The battery is easily recharged via a supplied micro USB cable.
AlphaMicron is particularly pleased with the AX-10 ARAI model. “Most riders are familiar with the unique design of an Arai® helmet,” says Roy Miller, Director of Technical Sales and Marketing. “Our early e-Tint® models were designed to be compatible with most helmets, but weren’t able to accommodate the air vents in the Arai® faceshield. We were inspired by the high demand from the Arai riders, so we pushed to deliver. Our custom fit Arai® insert has been a huge hit so far. We are very excited to expand and offer this unique product to a larger riding market.”
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ABOUT ALPHAMICRON AlphaMicron Inc. is a high tech company located in Kent, Ohio, specializing in research, development, and production of multiple liquid crystal applications for the military and consumer. For more information, please visit: www.alphamicron.com.
e-Tint® is a registered trademark of AlphaMicron, Inc. Arai® is a registered trademark of Arai Helmets, Inc.
May, 2010 – AlphaMicron receives a Manny Award for excellence in manufacturing in the Product Development category. http://www.ibmag.com/Main/Archive/Manny_Awards_Ski_Jumpers_11662.aspx
November 13, 2009 – Ohio.com includes AlphaMicron’s ski goggles and motorcycle visor insert in list of “Products made right here in Northeast Ohio”. (.pdf)
November 5, 2009 – hiVelocity highlights AMI in it’s “Innovation & Job News”. http://www.hivelocitymedia.com/innovationnews/Alphamicron%2010_22_09.aspx
October 19, 2009 – AMI is featured in Crain’s Cleveland Business Journal.
September 21, 2009 – “AlphaMicron’s Grand Opening” (video included in Kent State University’s e-Inside newsletter). http://www.kent.edu/news/video/archive/2009/alphamicron.cfm
September 15, 2009 – “Officials celebrate AlphaMicron’s new headquarters in Kent”. http://www.recordpub.com/news/article/4668170
September 15, 2009 – “AlphaMicron relocates to Centennial Research Park”. http://kentwired.com/img-src=-media/paper867/stills/nr3ss0ft.gif-img-src=-media/paper867/stills/f2952915.gif-alphamicron-relocates-to-centennial-research-park/
September, 2009 – “The Sweet Crystallization of Success”. (.pdf)
June, 2009 – AMI Gemini Motorcycle Visor Insert is featured in Motorcyclist “Best of Indy Gear” (Top New Products From The 2009 Indianapolis Dealer Expo). http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/gearbox/122_0906_best_of_indy_gear/index.html
March 17, 2009 – “Government Grants Fund Alphamicron”
February 13-16, 2009 – AlphaMicron releases the Motorcycle Visor Insert at Dealer Expo 2009, Indianapolis.
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January, 2009 – “Akuma Unveils Liquid Crystal Visors”
November 28, 2008 – Kent State University President Lester A. Lefton and AlphaMicron Chief Executive Officer Dr. Bahman Taheri announced last week that a lease agreement has been executed that will enable AlphaMicron to expand its manufacturing operations into most of Kent State’s Centennial Research Park…
November 20, 2008 – AlphaMicron, a Kent liquid crystal technology developer, will move into Kent State University’s Centennial Research Park, taking up three-quarters of the facility and enabling the company to grow…
July 10, 2008 – “AlphaMicron gets $5 million grant Money to fund study to improve energy efficiency of windows”. http://www.recordpub.com/news/article/4062042
June 14, 2005 :: High fashion show in New York, NY
December 2004 :: UVEX’s F1 Magic Ski Goggle with AlphaMicron’s VALiD lens technology has been chosen by Popular Science as a winner in its annual “Best of What’s New” issue in the Recreation category
February 2003 :: AMI is honorably mentioned in February issue of SBN Magazine Cleveland
January 2003 :: AMI is selected for an Honorable Mention in the 2003 SBN’s eVolution in Manufacturing awards
June 2002 :: Bahman Taheri, AMI’s CEO, is named a Finalist of Ernst and Young 2002 Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Northeast Ohio)
May 2002 :: AlphaMicron, Inc. is awarded the Technology Action Fund (TAF) grant.
May 2002 :: AlphaMicron, Inc. is named 2002 NorTech Innovation Award Recipient for exemplary achievement in the development of an innovative product.
March 2002 :: AlphaMicron, Inc. is selected as a winner of the Nortech 2002 Innovation Award
March 2002 :: AMI presents its Liquid Crystal eyewear technology at the International Vision Expo East in New York City
March 2001 :: AMI begins development of inspection shutters for KLA-Tencor
April 2001 :: AMI obtains an Air Force grant for development of VTVs
May 2001 :: AlphaMicron, Inc. is named recipient of the 2001 Technology Client of the Year Award, presented by the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) at the 15th International Conference on Business Incubation in San Jose, CA.
October 2001 :: Mayor of the City of Kent, OH proclaims October 11 as “AlphaMicron Day” in Kent
October 2001 :: The Ohio Department of Development honors AlphaMicron Inc. with Emerging Technology Award.
April 2000 :: AlphaMicron gets an additional grant from the Air Force
June 2000 :: The Kent Area Chamber of Commerce honors AlphaMicron, Inc. with Small Business Award in the Outstanding Manufacturer category
October 1999 :: AMI enters a one-year joint development with a leading lens manufacturer
April 1998 :: AlphaMicron, Inc. is the Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Awardee for Fiscal Year 1998
January 1997 :: AlphaMicron, Inc. (AMI) is established in Kent, Ohio to carry out research and development in the area of ambiet light control for helmet-mounted displays.
January 1997 :: AlphaMicron is selected for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I with the title “Ambient Light Control Using Guest Host Liquid Crystal-Dye Systems”
April 1997 :: AlphaMicron, Inc. is the SBIR Phase I Program Awardee for Fiscal Year 1997.