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Passenger Mixed Reality Deep Immersion Headset

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-20-P-0991
Agency Tracking Number: FX20A-TCSO1-0049
Amount: $499,947.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF20A-TCSO1
Solicitation Number: X20.A
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-09-29
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-09-29
Small Business Information
1500 Bruton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78733-1832
United States
DUNS: 114888604
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Ronald Maynard
 (512) 567-5423
Business Contact
 Ronald Maynard
Phone: (512) 567-5423
Research Institution
 Texas A&M
 Darren Hartl
HRBB 745
College Station, TX 77843-0001
United States

 (979) 862-7087
 Nonprofit College or University

Passenger’s objective is to create an inexpensive, “light weight” F16 flight simulator incorporating our eXtended Reality (XR) headset that will provide 4K resolution, 220 deg field-of-view, continuous depth perception, and high contrast imaging.  The low mass headset will resemble a pair of wrap-around sunglasses.  Our XR technology is designed to deliver hyper-realistic images without inducing conventional VR motion sickness.  During this development phase, we will use a modified conventional headset to validate our simulator software models while concurrently perfecting our bench-top MEMS optics.  Upon final optical verification, we will fabricate and test the required components for our next generation XR Light Engine with the assistance of our MEMS foundry partners. The simulator structure will consist of a precision scaled, 3D printed cockpit equipped with authentic flight controls, tactile buttons, switches, levers and knobs.  Green screen boundaries will occupy all instrument and canopy locations.  Outward looking headset cameras will capture real-time images of the Pilot’s body movements and cockpit environment.  With the offered assistance of DoD software developers, we will use combat correct F16C flight characteristics and XR green screen overlays to deliver a fully immersive training environment.  The simulator will be portable, scalable, and configured for rapid deployment.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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