Spin-off Commercial Success

Teledyne BlueView Seeded from Sonar Studies at APL-UW

We were working on some applied research to develop high-resolution imaging systems for Navy projects — small-size, low-power, high-performance imaging systems.

The previous approach was a mechanical scanning approach. You had a windshield wiper effect where it took 1 to 2 seconds to create an image — a single frame. With our technology we are getting 15 frames per second, which is streaming vision. You can watch motion, and moving targets don’t blur.

The APL-UW – Teledyne BlueView Connection

Technology Transfer at APL-UW

Lee Thompson and Jason Seawall were researchers at APL-UW working on small-scale, low-power, high-resolution sonar imaging systems for U.S. Navy applications when they co-founded BlueView Technologies in 2003. Their two- and three-dimensional scanning sonars tested on various small, mobile platforms were the first generation of technology developed by the company, which has now delivered over 500 products into a wide range of fielded systems for navy, energy, civil engineering, transportation, and port security applications.

APL-UW scientists and engineers successfully transition the results of basic research to operational applications and commercial products. This is supported by the Laboratory's vertical integration that enhances understanding and collaboration between researchers engaged in basic research efforts with those involved in applying the research within operational and commercial contexts. Since 2000, over 100 invention disclosures have been reported by APL-UW researchers to the UW Center for Commercialization (C4C) and about 10 spin-off companies were formed.