Development of Low-Cost Augmented Reality Head Mounted Display

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,940.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-09-M-0320
Award Id:
90339
Agency Tracking Number:
N09A-031-0060
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
650 5th Street, Suite 505, San Francisco, CA, 94107
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
119301831
Principal Investigator:
Michael Browne
VP of Product Development
(408) 348-4426
m.browne@saphotonics.com
Business Contact:
Andrea Singewald
CFO
(970) 921-3401
a.singewald@saphotonics.com
Research Institution:
University of Arizona
Hong Hua
College of Optical Sciences
1630 E. University Blvd
Tucson, AZ, 85721
(520) 626-8703
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
There is ample evidence that training infantry in a realistic environment is beneficial; however there is not an easy transition path due to the complexities of interfacing with a mobile soldier. Although there are many challenges, the most difficult ones to overcome are that an augmented reality system for a soldier must be untethered, lightweight, low-cost, have easy to see color imagery even in high ambient light, and have minimal peripheral obscurations. SA Photonics has designed a low-cost augmented reality system for use in infantry training. This system has the following advantages: Innovative moldable, low-cost, high performance optics Viewability in high ambient lighting via a novel light control system, a high brightness display and an efficient eyepiece design Battery operated, with just a few standard batteries "Frameless" design for minimal peripheral obscuration, so the Marine feels more immersed in the training environment Automatic vergence control so that, if desired, the vergence of the display can be adjusted automatically as the Marine directs their attention to different locations within the training environment

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