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Planar Aperture-Tiled 3D Occlusion-Capable Optical See-Through HMD

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Department of Defense
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2011 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems Division 1845 West 205th Street Torrance, CA 90501-1510
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Planar Aperture-Tiled 3D Occlusion-Capable Optical See-Through HMD
Agency: DOD
Contract: W91CRB-12-C-0003
Award Amount: $99,999.00


To address the Army need for a three-dimensional (3D) optical see-through head-mounted display (HMD) with improved opaqueness and contrast resolution for realistic augmented-reality training applications, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new innovative Planar Aperture-Tiled Three-Dimensional Occlusion-Capable Optical See-Through Head-Mounted Display (PLATO-HMD), based on holographic guided-wave optics and multi-camera 3D imaging sensor. The innovation in PLATO-HMD includes thin low-profile planar holographic optics, liquid crystal mask array, and multi-camera real-time 3D imaging sensor. The extremely compact and lightweight PLATO-HMD can be used for mixed/augmented-reality applications in a live environment with increased HMD capabilities in contrast resolution, field-of-view and opaqueness for both indoor and outdoor training environments. In Phase I, POC will develop a baseline design of PLATO-HMD and demonstrate its feasibility by analyses and experiments using a laboratory breadboard setup. The Phase I technical feasibility study will include a technology roadmap, a refined system design concept, and identification and analyses of technology/component trade-offs, limitations, and cost. In Phase II, POC plans to develop an initial prototype which will be tested in a lab environment, implement upgrades and modifications leading to an optimized prototype suitable for a relevant and realistic training environment.

Principal Investigator:

Tin Aye
Vice President Technology
(310) 320-3088

Business Contact:

Gordon Drew
Chief Financial Officer
(310) 320-3088
Small Business Information at Submission:

Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems Division 20600 Gramercy Place, Bldg. 100 Torrance, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 330118051
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No