Head Worn Display (HWD) Augmented Reality for Military Training Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-12-M-0235
Agency Tracking Number: N121-085-0756
Amount: $149,485.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solitcitation Year: 2012
Solitcitation Topic Code: N121-085
Solitcitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
Vuzix Corporation
75 Town Centre Dr, Suite H, Rochester, NY, -
Duns: 008003944
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Rob Schultz
 Senior Optical Engineer
 (585) 359-5916
Business Contact
 Paul Travers
Title: President
Phone: (585) 359-7560
Email: Paul_Travers@Vuzix.com
Research Institution
A lightweight, low-cost, high performance device that can superimpose computer generated information on an individual"s field of view is needed to train today"s soldiers. An alternative to a digital see-through system (where a camera feed is relayed to a HWD) is an HWD system that provides actual see-through of the real world. Solutions to this problem based on conventional optics tend to be too large, heavy, and fragile to be fielded away from a fixed simulation setting. Vuzix"next generation of proprietary waveguided optical systems provide a unique solution that can optically combine digitally rendered content with the actual environment, maintaining situational awareness and allowing for a more variable training environment. Vuzix, with its proven track record of developing low power, high resolution, compact HWDs is ideally suited to not only deliver the initial design concept, but to take this design though production and testing and deliver a quality product to the Navy and support our service men in the field. Maintaining US technological supremacy begins at the training level and Vuzix"advanced waveguide systems are future of augmented reality training systems.

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