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Night-Vision Ultra-Compact Glass-Like All-Condition Sensor-Fused See-through HUD System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-16-C-0017
Agency Tracking Number: D2-1495
Amount: $1,497,967.27
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SB143-006
Solicitation Number: 2014.3
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-01-25
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-03-26
Small Business Information
1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501-2798
United States
DUNS: 153865951
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Tin Aye
 (310) 320-3088
Business Contact
 Gordon Drew
Title: Dr.
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Research Institution

To address the DARPAs need for a night, all-condition viewable compact lightweight broadband heads-up night vision system, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to continue development of a new Night-Vision Ultra-Compact Glass-Like All-Condition Sensor-Fused See-through (NUGLASS)-HUD system based on unique integration of POC technologies: head-mounted single-lens wide field-of-view (FOV) multi-aperture tiled high resolution imaging sensor with multi-spectral coverage across visible-NIR-SWIR; see-through wide FOV high brightness augmented-reality heads-up-display (HUD); and wearable processor with LPD wireless connection, interfaceable to tactical device and systems. Specifically, the innovation in a new design of conformal holographic planar projection see-through optics with frameless aperture tiling of microdisplays will enable the HUD visor to have form factor and appearance similar to a sunglass. In Phase I, POC successfully developed a comprehensive design and evaluation of NUGLASS-HUD system and its subsystems, in terms of resolution, FOV, SWaP performance and integration. A proof-of-concept prototype consisting of VIS/NIR sensors, wide FOV low-profile free-form prism microdisplays, and see-through holographic waveguide visors optics, demonstrate the visualization of see-through sensor imagery. In Phase II, POC plans to optimize the design and develop/demonstrate a prototype system by laboratory testing and evaluation leading to technological risk mitigation and transition planning for Phase III and beyond.

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