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Retinal Image Projector and Scanner

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-19-P-6062
Agency Tracking Number: F183-010-0434
Amount: $149,997.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF183-010
Solicitation Number: 18.3
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-04-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-04-30
Small Business Information
1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501
United States
DUNS: 153865951
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Ninad Pratnekar
 Director, Innovative Technologies
 (310) 320-3088
Business Contact
 Keith Baker
Phone: (424) 835-9475
Research Institution

To address the Air Force’s need for a personal display that eliminates visual eavesdropping, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Retinal Image Projector and Scanner (RIPS), which is based on a new design integrating POC-developed components with commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components. Specifically, the innovation combines a retinal scanner and retinal projector into an integrated head-mounted device that will enable RIPS to offer classified information only to authorized users, while eliminating the potential for visual eavesdropping. This device offers a direct retinal image projector that will eliminate the possibility of visual eavesdropping, and a retinal scanner to verify the identity of the user, which will allow only authorized users access to classified information. RIPS directly addresses the Air Force requirement for a personal display that eliminates visual eavesdropping and also is inoperable by an unauthorized user. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate the feasibility of combining a retinal projector with a retinal scanner by integrating the two technologies into one single transportable system, reaching technology readiness level (TRL)-3. In Phase II, POC will develop a TRL-5 prototype to show how RIPS will prevent unauthorized users from gaining access to classified data on RIPS.

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