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Development of Low-Cost Augmented Reality Head Mounted Display

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2009 / STTR
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Small Business Information
SA Photonics
130A Knowles Dr. Los Gatos, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Development of Low-Cost Augmented Reality Head Mounted Display
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-09-M-0320
Award Amount: $69,940.00


There is ample evidence that training infantry in a realistic environment is beneficial; however there is not an easy transition path due to the complexities of interfacing with a mobile soldier. Although there are many challenges, the most difficult ones to overcome are that an augmented reality system for a soldier must be untethered, lightweight, low-cost, have easy to see color imagery even in high ambient light, and have minimal peripheral obscurations. SA Photonics has designed a low-cost augmented reality system for use in infantry training. This system has the following advantages: Innovative moldable, low-cost, high performance optics Viewability in high ambient lighting via a novel light control system, a high brightness display and an efficient eyepiece design Battery operated, with just a few standard batteries "Frameless" design for minimal peripheral obscuration, so the Marine feels more immersed in the training environment Automatic vergence control so that, if desired, the vergence of the display can be adjusted automatically as the Marine directs their attention to different locations within the training environment

Principal Investigator:

Michael Browne
VP of Product Development

Business Contact:

Andrea Singewald
Small Business Information at Submission:

SA Photonics
650 5th Street Suite 505 San Francisco, CA 94107

EIN/Tax ID: 611427995
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Arizona
College of Optical Sciences
1630 E. University Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85721
Contact: Hong Hua
Contact Phone: (520) 626-8703
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university