Curved Waveguide Visor Display (CWVD)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-13-M-6418
Agency Tracking Number: F131-020-1853
Amount: $149,051.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: AF131-020
Solicitation Number: 2013.1
Small Business Information
HOLOEYE Systems, Inc.
1620 Fifth Avenue, Suite 550, San Diego, CA, -
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
 Nathaniel Gallery
Title: Operations Manager
Phone: (888) 446-5639
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: Advancements in waveguide optics technology offer the chance to drastically improve upon currently deployed head mounted displays. In addition to size, weight, and power shortcomings, current systems also fail to provide the high acuity and fields-of-view that are desired by today"s war fighters as well as commercial users. When laser eye protection is incorporated into classical optics HMD designs even more mass is added thereby compounding the problem. To solve these problems a novel approach is needed based on advanced optical design techniques. HOLOEYE Systems, Inc. (HSI) and our partners have extensive experience with waveguide optics and HMDs, having designed and manufactured both monocular and binocular planar waveguide HMDs. HSI will design a binocular, wide FOV, high resolution holographic waveguide whose specifications will exceed that which is currently available with micro-CRT and classical optics. Additionally, HSI"s cutting edge LCOS microdisplays are ideal for designing a high brightness and high resolution projection engine. This will result in an HMD design addressing each of the shortcomings of the current systems. Additionally, we will address the challenges of curved waveguide structures and their manufacturability, while also looking at pathways to color. BENEFIT: Increased pilot situational awareness in both military and commercial aerospace, including enhanced simulator environments. Augmented reality applications for dismounted soldiers, as well as in commercial and consumer markets.

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