A Full-Parallax High-brightness Large-Format Floating-Image Solid-State 3D Display
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DOD / USAF
There is an acute need for high-brightness, full-parallax, large-image, wide-FOV 3-D display systems. In order for a display system to meet the requirements of these applications, it must be: solid-state; rugged; viewable with full parallax anywhere in a 30 or greater FOV by any number of users without the need for goggles or eye tracking; high brightness, resolution and color (viewable in room- and day light; scalable in image size from handheld devices to table-tops; compact in size; and enabled with input device for easy interactivity. The aim of this program is to prove the feasibility of a 3-D display capable of meeting these requirements. The optical processor is based on Holochips patented solid-state combinatorial optical architecture and APL adaptive polymer lenses. The fast response of the adaptive lenses and low-f/# and wide aperture allows rapid z-axis scanning and a large FOV of the projected volumetric image. These and other advantages, including greatly reducing the SWaP compared to existing approaches, enable a 3-D display that is uniquely suitable for a number of applications. BENEFIT: The introduction of the first high-performance 3D display system to achieve ALL of the industrys price/performance requirements will create a multibillion dollar opportunity for growth and capture in this market. By producing the first high-performance volumetric display to meet all of the 3D industrys requirements, Holochip will have an opportunity to leverage a revolutionarily differentiated product into the 3D market, ignite new market growth and dominate the 3D display arena. The economy will stand to benefit greatly from this new market and market-segment growth with increased demand for computer peripherals, entertainment and other 3D technologies that provide a premium over flat 2D displays. Further, the growth of the 3D industry will be a benefit to all parts of the supply chain from components manufacturers to parts vendors to systems integrators to manufacturers. And, the new 3D market will be large enough to support multiple competitors at each level of the supply chain. Other industries, such as medicine, education and chemical engineering, will also stand to benefit from this growth, as the new technologies and ways of thinking will likely be spawned from a renaissance in 3D display. Potential markets for a high-performance volumetric display include: Consumer: video games, education, information display, 3D Television; Medical: data visualization, preoperative planning, radiotherapy, computer-assisted surgery, reconstructive surgery, cosmetic surgery, telepresence surgery, surgical training; Industrial: petro/geo chemical, pharmaceutical, telepresence robotics, industrial control, network visualization; CAD/CAE: virtual prototyping, computational fluid dynamics, finite element analysis, design review, architecture, micro/nano design, tactile testing; Military/Government: simulation, command and control, mission planning, cockpit/cabin information, intelligence, air traffic control, UAV tasking; Computer Graphics: character design, animation, artistic, digital clay, tactile animation; and Scientific: data visualization, atmospheric, oceanography, material design & development, astronomy, energy research. Users of the technology will include parties at many levels of the supply chain in each of these market segments primarily affecting systems integrators, manufacturers and the end users. The scope of impact that a successfully leveraged volumetric display product will have on these and other markets and industries is incalculable.
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