Holographic Waveguide Visor Display (HWVD)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$96,172.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-10-M-6066
Award Id:
97102
Agency Tracking Number:
F093-017-2438
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF 09-017
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
75 Town Centre Dr, Suite H, Rochester, NY, 14623
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
008003944
Principal Investigator:
Joseph Rodibaugh
Project Manager
(585) 359-5911
josephr@vuzix.com
Business Contact:
Paul Travers
President, CEO and CTO
(585) 359-7560
paul_travers@vuzix.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Recent developments in holographic optics make it possible to replace current optical systems with light weight, see-through optics. The research proposed by Vuzix will determine the feasibility of a holographic waveguide visor display (HWVD). Vuzix will pursue an approach using newly refined holographic recording materials. This technology development must increase eye movement freedom by 100x while decreasing the space and weight requirements by 10X. The approach envisioned by Vuzix is also extensible to full-color displays and curved visors. The successful development of HWVD will allow the Air Force to field a lightweight head-mounted display (HMD) with the high acuity and field of view required by the warfighter. HWVDs have the potential to supersede existing display technologies, particularly in the defense and entertainment markets, much like the LCD has superseded the CRT. The HWVD is expected to be a near term replacement for aircraft helmet mounted displays, ground soldier head-mounted displays, training and simulation devices, and consumer video eyewear. BENEFIT: Development of the HWVD will allow the Air Force to field a lightweight HMD with the high acuity and field of view desired by the warfighter. Additional military applications such as light weight, high performance HMDs for ground forces, unmanned vehicle piloting and covert surveillance exist. Commercial applications range from mobile computing and consumer gaming to industrial inspection systems and next generation Televisions.

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