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Augmented Reality Gaze-Under-control Super-resolution Head Mounted Display

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Department of Defense
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2011 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Physical Optics Corporation
1845 West 205th Street Torrance, CA 90501-1510
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Augmented Reality Gaze-Under-control Super-resolution Head Mounted Display
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: M67854-11-C-6504
Award Amount: $599,995.00


To address the U.S. Marine Corps need for a dynamic foveal vision display that increases situational awareness of dismounted Marines, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to complete the development of a new Augmented Reality Gaze-Under-control Super-resolution Head-Mounted Display (ARGUS-HMD). The ARGUS-HMD is based on an optical-electronic-software implementation of foveal vision that creates an illusion of a panoramic high-resolution image on a see-through display from a high-resolution imaging sensor, just displaying a small portion of the high-resolution image corresponding to the foveal area. This unique performance is achieved due to innovative system design and optimized image rendering software integrated with a calibration-free eye tracker. In Phase I POC has proved the feasibility of this approach by demonstrating several laboratory and wearable prototypes. In Phase II POC will extend the capabilities achieved in Phase I to address the USMC need for increased situational awareness and to meet all major requirements including wide field of view, small form factor, high optical resolution, and low power consumption. The Phase II prototype will be compatible with existing and future imaging sensors available for Marines. The Phase II prototype will be ready for testing by the Marines in a field environment.

Principal Investigator:

Alexander Naumov
Group Leader
(310) 320-3088

Business Contact:

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

Physical Optics Corporation
Applied Technologies Division 20600 Gramercy Place, Bldg. 100 Torrance, CA -

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