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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$79,900.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-12-M-0203
Agency Tracking Number:
N121-085-0831
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
N121-085
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Small Business Information
SBG Labs Inc.
1288 Hammerwood Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
194860156
Principal Investigator:
Jonathan Waldern
CTO
(650) 793-2695
jonathanw@sbglabs.com
Business Contact:
Jonathan Waldern
CTO
(650) 793-2695
jonathanw@sbglabs.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
The ideal augmented-reality (AR) head-worn display (HWD) for training purposes would be one that offers a panoramic see-through of the surrounding environment overlaid with high-resolution color imagery. Such a system should also be unobtrusive; that is, compact, light-weight, and comfortable, where comfort comes from having a generous exit pupil, liberal eye relief, ergonomic center of mass, and focus at infinity. Conventional refractive optics cannot satisfy this suite of demanding requirements. Even after years of highly competitive development, head-mounted and head-worn displays exhibit limited field of view and are anything but compact, light-weight, and comfortable. SGB Labs has developed a game-changing solution to this challenging problem and has successfully demonstrated the feasibility of developing a full-color, wide-field-of-view, see-through display with an angular resolution exceeding the visual acuity limit of the human eye. The goal of the proposed project is to demonstrate the technical feasibility of designing an affordable, rugged, head-worn display (HWD) ideally suited for Navy AR applications, such as training forward observers. More specifically, in Phase I we hope to demonstrate that our technical solution is compatible with standard issue helmets. If successful, the Phase-I option will seek to further increase field of view and reduce power requirements.

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