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Augmented Reality Training for Dismounted Soldiers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office of the Secretary of Defense
Contract: W911NF-16-C-0109
Agency Tracking Number: O2-1617
Amount: $1,499,517.72
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD162-004X
Solicitation Number: 2016.2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-09-23
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-09-29
Small Business Information
120 Knowles Dr., Los Gatos, CA, 95032
DUNS: 119301831
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Michael Browne
 (408) 560-3500
 m.browne@saphotonics.com
Business Contact
 Andrea Singewald
Phone: (970) 778-2353
Email: a.singewald@saphotonics.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The commercial marketplace has made tremendous advances in Virtual Reality (VR) technology and product maturity. VR is being used to enhance training in a number of areas including maintenance and operation of complex systems, but application of this technology to the training of dismounted soldiers has proven challenging. Fortunately, these advancements in VR technology now make possible the development of an Augmented Reality (AR) dismounted soldier training environment in which scenarios can be developed, refined and analyses to maximize training value using a constructive adversary.SA Photonics has designed a Wide Field of View (WFOV) Augmented Reality Display System (WARDS) using the latest advances in microdisplay and optics technology, which provides a field of view approaching the human visual field and the display brightness necessary for daytime augmented reality training. The system includes an Augment Reality Processor (ARP) readily configured to the specific interface and data protocol requirements of the training environment. The HMD including tracker mounts to the helmet using a standard night vision goggle mount. The lightweight processing unit can be directly mounted to the back of the vest or placed in a small backpack.

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