Planar Aperture-Tiled 3D Occlusion-Capable Optical See-Through HMD

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$99,999.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W91CRB-12-C-0003
Agency Tracking Number:
A112-114-0180
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
A11-114
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Small Business Information
Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems Division, 20600 Gramercy Place, Bldg. 100, Torrance, CA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
153865951
Principal Investigator:
Tin Aye
Vice President Technology
(310) 320-3088
EOSProposals@poc.com
Business Contact:
Gordon Drew
Chief Financial Officer
(310) 320-3088
gedrew@poc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
To address the Army need for a three-dimensional (3D) optical see-through head-mounted display (HMD) with improved opaqueness and contrast resolution for realistic augmented-reality training applications, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new innovative Planar Aperture-Tiled Three-Dimensional Occlusion-Capable Optical See-Through Head-Mounted Display (PLATO-HMD), based on holographic guided-wave optics and multi-camera 3D imaging sensor. The innovation in PLATO-HMD includes thin low-profile planar holographic optics, liquid crystal mask array, and multi-camera real-time 3D imaging sensor. The extremely compact and lightweight PLATO-HMD can be used for mixed/augmented-reality applications in a live environment with increased HMD capabilities in contrast resolution, field-of-view and opaqueness for both indoor and outdoor training environments. In Phase I, POC will develop a baseline design of PLATO-HMD and demonstrate its feasibility by analyses and experiments using a laboratory breadboard setup. The Phase I technical feasibility study will include a technology roadmap, a refined system design concept, and identification and analyses of technology/component trade-offs, limitations, and cost. In Phase II, POC plans to develop an initial prototype which will be tested in a lab environment, implement upgrades and modifications leading to an optimized prototype suitable for a relevant and realistic training environment.

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