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See-Through Enabled Efficient Adaptively-Focused Lightweight Low-Cost Head-Worn…

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Department of Defense
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2012 / 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: 2012
Title: See-Through Enabled Efficient Adaptively-Focused Lightweight Low-Cost Head-Worn Display
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-12-M-0202
Award Amount: $149,962.00


To address the Navy PMTRASYS need, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop the new See-Through Enabled Efficient Adaptively Focused Lightweight Low-Cost Head-Worn Display (SEEALL-HWD) based on free-form imaging optics coupled to a waveguide with a broadband see-through decoupling hologram and liquid-crystal (LC) active lens for providing virtual imagery at the correct focal depth for real-world vergence. The augmented reality imagery is made possible through the tiling of two microdisplays to provide high visual acuity with POC-developed microdisplay tiling techniques. A custom POC backlight using dimmable LED matrices provides the high dynamic range and is coupled to a low profile waveguide using high-efficiency, free-form plastic optics and is subsequently inserted into the user"s FOV using an efficient broadband hologram. In Phase I, POC plans to study the technical feasibility, provide the technology roadmap and system design concept, and demonstrate the feasibility of the SEEALL HWD system for an enhanced performance optical see-through HWD with low cost and high performance to superimpose computer generated information in the real world. In Phase II, we anticipate building and demonstrating the first prototype in a laboratory environment, showing robustness in size, weight, and power requirements that are sufficient for training applications.

Principal Investigator:

Jason Holmstedt
(310) 320-3088

Business Contact:

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

Physical Optics Corporation
Photonic 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