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Contact Lens See-Through Head Worn Display

Award Information

Department of Defense
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
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Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
4888 NE Sheltered Bay Lane Hansville, WA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Contact Lens See-Through Head Worn Display
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: D12PC00283
Award Amount: $1,374,626.00


This Phase II SBIR project will develop a full color, 720P, wide field of view (90 degrees ), see-through head mounted display (HMD) prototype based on Innovega"s eyeborne optic concept. This new eyewear architecture is a radical departure from traditional near eye displays. Rather than presenting the eye with collimated rays of light that appear to originate from a distant source, the performance of the eye is enhanced by sophisticated contact lenses to enable short focal length accommodation of non-collimated light rays. The special contact lenses add one additional focal accommodation distance to the wearer"s normal vision. This is done with no impact to the wearer"s normal sight other than a slight attenuation of ambient brightness. The result is that the eye is able to observe the near-eye imagery over its full field of view while simultaneously observing the surrounding environment. This eliminates all imaging optics from the eyewear resulting in a compact see-thru display. The HMD prototype will utilize an LCOS projector module to create an image directly onto the HMD spectacle lenses. In addition to making the LCOS projection HMD, research will be put into developing improved nano-wire polarizer and spectral filter fabrication processes for integration into contact lenses.

Principal Investigator:

Randall Sprague
Chief Technology Officer
(206) 310-4775

Business Contact:

Stephen Willey
(206) 310-4775
Small Business Information at Submission:

Innovega Inc.
4888 NE Sheltered Bay Lane Hansville, WA -

EIN/Tax ID: 800203668
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No