Holographic Waveguide Visor Display (HWVD)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-12-C-6274
Agency Tracking Number: F093-017-0730
Amount: $749,707.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: AF093-017
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
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DUNS: 791147577
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 William Bleha
 Senior Research Scientist
 (888) 446-5639
Business Contact
 Douglas Webb
Title: Procurement and Complianc
Phone: (888) 446-5639
Email: dwebb@holoeyesystems.com
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: The objective of this Phase II proposal is to develop and prototype a binocular, see-through, monochrome holographic waveguide helmet mounted display (HWVD). The optical system will couple a commercial high resolution 1920x1080 pixel LCOS microdisplay with a state of the art holographic waveguide. Utilization of the waveguide will allow for a wide 40 degree field of view (FOV), while having a large 30x30 mm eyebox. The prototype will be mounted in an existing Air Force helmet. With the advantages obtained by use of the holographic waveguide and the small LCOS microdisplay, the proposed HWVD system will enable significant cost, volume, and weight reductions as compared to existing CRT type designs. The design will also address power and efficiency requirements consistent with a pilot HMD system. Use of an LED light source will allow for utilization of specific wavelengths tailored to specific applications, and allow for high brightness requirements. Using the holographic waveguide development plan, the the path towards a full color,high resolution HWVD with a panoramic 120 x 80 degree FOV will be demonstrated. A second visor with a curved waveguide will be developed. BENEFIT: A modular concept is proposed for a binocular helmet mounted display system with holographic waveguide and high-resolution LCOS technology. These technologies will be combined with a unique optics design for achieving high levels of brightness and contrast ratio. This will dramatically improve the HMD quality for both military and commercial aircraft. The modularity of the mechanical concept will enable the support of multiple platforms and application with only one basic design. Accumulated knowledge during this effort will enable us to adjust rapidly to a variety of unique military and commercial display applications and expand the market.

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