Development of Low-Cost Augmented Reality Head Mounted Display

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-09-M-0323
Agency Tracking Number: N09A-031-0690
Amount: $69,756.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N09-T031
Solicitation Number: 2009.A
Small Business Information
1937 A Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill, CA, 94523
DUNS: 024973591
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tracy McSheery
 CEO
 (650) 281-7796
 tracy@phasespace.com
Business Contact
 Charles Luther
Title: CFO
Phone: (510) 638-5035
Email: chuck@phasespace.com
Research Institution
 USC School of Cinematic Arts
 Mark Bolas
 ATTN: Interactive Media Progra
900 W. 34th Street, 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA, 90089-2211
 (650) 868-5014
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
PhaseSpace proposes a 2 to 4 megapixel foveated head mounted display (HMD) with an apparent resolution of up to 18 megapixels per eye. Using state of the art HDTV projection display technology developed for business projectors and cell phone pico projectors, PhaseSpace will create a custom see-through HMD solution that can be used indoors and outdoors. This HMD will stimulate peripheral vision with a wide viewing angle of 140 x 40 degrees for both eyes. The see-through beamsplitting reflective goggles will provide a high resolution image for viewing augmented reality characters superimposed over the natural view. PhaseSpace intends to dual purpose the proposed optical design for a lower resolution (apparent resolution of 3.6 megapixels using 4 low cost 800 x 500 pixel displays) commercial system that will sell for under $5,000 per unit. These units are possible due to recent improvements in high resolution display devices, increased brightness LED breakthroughs, and increased integration of display controllers.

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