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Inexpensive Head-tracked Display with Novel Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal Image…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
26044
Program Year/Program:
1994 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
26044
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Displaytech Incorporated
2602 CLOVER BASIN DR LONGMONT, CO 80503 7604
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1994
Title: Inexpensive Head-tracked Display with Novel Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal Image Source
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $59,918.00
 

Abstract:

The miniaturization of high-resolution displays for head and helmet mounting is a problem that will be difficult to solve by extension of conventional display technologies. We propose here a solution that uses a novel active-matrix LCD image source wherein a reflective, conventionally processed silicon integrated circuit replaces the usual transmissive, thin-film transistor array, and wherein fast-switching ferroelectric liquid crystals (FLCs) replace the usual slower nematic liquid crystals. These image sources can be made at very low cost, while overcoming fundamental resolution, size, and cost limitations of more orthodox technologies. In addition to the image source, a complete head-mounted display (HMD) system requires viewing optics and a head tracker. We propose here to develop an innovative one-piece wide-field viewing optical system suited for implementation with low-cost plastic components. We also propose here to develop a low-cost optical head-tracking sensor system with low angular noise, and to investigate a head movement prediction algorithm. Prototypes of both optics and sensing systems will be built and tested during Phase I.

Principal Investigator:

Mark A. Handschy
3034498933

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Displaytech, Inc.
2200 Central Ave Boulder, CO 80301

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No