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360 degree field of view information in a 120 degree immersive virtual reality (VR) display

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911W6-18-C-0027
Agency Tracking Number: A173-135-0066
Amount: $99,980.04
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A17-135
Solicitation Number: 2017.3
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-06-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-12-15
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
Business Contact
 Andrea Singewald
Phone: (970) 778-2353
Research Institution
Army aviators are flying helicopters in highly dynamic and dangerous scenarios. In urban warfare, this can mean avoiding obstacles and external threats. On platforms like the US Army CH-47 Chinook, the pilot has guidance from a flight engineer or crew chief who can look down through a hatch in the floor. Other Army helicopters do not have that luxury. Regardless, there are numerous blind spots remaining around the aircraft that leave it vulnerable. SA Photonics has developed innovative methods of mapping a 360 FOV into a 120 FOV with our immersive High Situational Awareness and FOV system (HiSAF) system in order to support warfighter situational awareness and decisive actions. The central 1:1 region will allow a natural viewing environment while providing peripheral vision over the remaining 360 FOV, outside of the central region. The SA Photonics HiSAF system can be configured real-time in both an augmented reality (AR) optically see-through configuration, as well as direct view virtual reality (VR) version. Multiple mapping solutions with adjustable options will be developed, as well as acclimation and re-acclimation protocols. Mapping methods and options will be tested to determine the best fit for human performance.

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