In addition to military radios, modern warfighters carry cell phones, GPS devices, computers, and night-vision aids, all
of which require electrical cables and connectors for data and power transmission. Currently each electrical device
operates via independent cables using conventional cable and connector technology. Conventional cables are stiff and
difficult to integrate into a soldier-worn garment. Conventional connectors are tall and heavy, as they were designed to
ensure secure connections to bulkhead-type panels, and being tall, represent significant snag-hazards in soldier-worn
applications. Physical Optics Corporation has designed a new, lightweight and low-profile electrical connector that is
more suitable for body-worn applications and operates much like a standard garment snap. When these connectors are
mated, the combined height is <0.3 in. - a significant reduction from the 2.5 in. average height of conventional
connectors. Electrical connections can be made with one hand (gloved or bare) and blindly (without looking).
Furthermore, POC's connectors are integrated into systems that distribute data or power from a central location on the
soldier's vest, reducing the length and weight of the cables necessary to interconnect various mission-critical electronic
systems. The result is a lightweight power/data distribution system offering significant advantages over conventional
electrical connectors in soldier-worn applications.