Alphamicron was formed in 1997 to solve a nagging problem with the forward positioning of flight deck displays. The challenge: to build a technology that would allow the display to be projected inside a pilot's visor. The result was the world's first liquid crystal technology for curved surfaces. While the firm continues to perfect technology needed for a usable military visor, the company is making waves with a line of "switchable" goggles that allow skiers and snowboarders to adjust to prevailing conditions. In the meantime, the Kent-based company is commercializing switchable visors for other sports eyewear and motorcycle helmets.