Development of Low-Cost Augmented Reality Head Mounted Display

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-09-M-0320
Agency Tracking Number: N09A-031-0060
Amount: $69,940.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N09-T031
Solicitation Number: 2009.A
Small Business Information
650 5th Street, Suite 505, San Francisco, CA, 94107
DUNS: 119301831
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Browne
 VP of Product Development
 (408) 348-4426
Business Contact
 Andrea Singewald
Title: CFO
Phone: (970) 921-3401
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
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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