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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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2013 / SBIR
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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 2
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: See-Through Enabled Efficient Adaptively-Focused Lightweight Low-Cost Head-Worn Display
Agency: DOD
Contract: N00014-13-C-0243
Award Amount: $497,930.00


To address the Office of Naval Research (ONR) need, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to continue advancing, in Phase II, the new See-Through Enabled Efficient Adaptively Focused Lightweight Low-Cost Head-Worn Display (SEEALL-HWD) system. Successfully developed and proven feasible in Phase I, SEEALL-HWD is based on free-form imaging optics coupled to a waveguide with a see-through decoupling hologram and active lens for providing virtual imagery at the correct focal depth. The augmented-reality imagery is made possible through a novel tiling of multiple microdisplays providing high visual acuity, a POC-developed backlight to provide the high dynamic range, and an innovative low profile waveguide using free-form plastic optics. In Phase I, POC has successfully demonstrated the SEEALL HWD system for an enhanced performance optical see-through HWD to superimpose computer-generated information onto an individual's view of the real world. In Phase II, POC proposes to incrementally improve the SEEALL-HWD through a three-stage development process, from planar waveguides (Stage I), an initial conformal waveguide (Stage II), to an optimized conformal HWD (Stage III in the Phase II Option period), with the goal of generating an integrated system in a compact, low cost, lightweight, ergonomic packaging. Throughout the Phase II, AITT workflow integration will drive prototype development.

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
Integrated Systems Division 1845 W. 205th Street Torrance, CA -

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