Full Multiplex Holographic Display (FMHD)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-10-C-6112
Agency Tracking Number: F083-019-2761
Amount: $949,976.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF083-019
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
9801 Metric Blvd, Suite 200, Austin, TX, 78758
DUNS: 002548290
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark Lucente
 Director, Advanced Progra
 (512) 583-1371
Business Contact
 Douglas Edgar
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (512) 583-1376
Email: dedgar@zebraimaging.com
Research Institution
The objective of the proposed effort is to demonstrate the feasibility of the scalable 3D display technology by Zebra Imaging to produce realistic auto-viewable 3D images for Air Force mission applications related to air, space and cyberspace. A display producing such holographic images provides intuitive visualization of three-dimensional (3D) data and scene information from a wide range of data sources. Zebra’s technology provides rapid, interactive viewing of all types of 3D data, converting 3D scene data into a spatial image that occupies a 3D image volume, much like the holographic images produced by traditional hardcopy optical holograms. Animations and interactive content are displayed as bright true-3D images, viewed automatically, with no special viewing apparatus or glasses, with full parallax for proper 3D perspective from every viewer position. The core technology combines custom (and off-the-shelf) components to control the amount and direction of emitted light-field. As will be shown in the Phase 1 effort, it provides accurate, unencumbered, scalable and updatable presentation of critical data for multiple users. It will provide the scalable, auto-viewable display to depict multi sensor and other information and associated data, allowing real-time multi-user interactivity. BENEFIT: By producing spatial images with holographic realism, Zebra 3D displays are a valuable visualization tool. The display can be integrated with existing applications to facilitate communication of intelligence for team-based training, battle space management, mission planning and rehearsal, and interpretation of real-time data. This technology is suitable for a wide spectrum of Department of Defense (DoD) applications, ideally those that include graphically-intense applications. The 3D display will accurately and intuitively present complex real-world data to facilitate rapid discernment and clear communication of intelligence to support planning, decision making and mission execution. It will satisfy an immediate and growing need in a broad swath of sectors in the military, for operation mission planning and reconnaissance. As the number and sophistication level of sensors in the military theater increase, potentially critical data can lose utility without a means for rapid discernment and contextualization. Most of this data is co-located, visual, and occupies a three-dimensional volume in the modern battlespace. Current display technologies that claim to provide “3D images” fall short when visualizing this kind of data: they lack depth cues and therefore accuracy; many are not practical for multiple users; most are not scalable.

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