See-Through Enabled Efficient Adaptively-Focused Lightweight Low-Cost Head-Worn Display

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-13-C-0243
Agency Tracking Number: N121-085-0574
Amount: $497,930.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: N121-085
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
Physical Optics Corporation
Integrated Systems Division, 1845 W. 205th Street, Torrance, CA, -
DUNS: 153865951
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jason Holmstedt
 (310) 320-3088
Business Contact
 Gordon Drew
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Research Institution
To address the Office of Naval Research (ONR) need, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to continue advancing, in Phase II, the new See-Through Enabled Efficient Adaptively Focused Lightweight Low-Cost Head-Worn Display (SEEALL-HWD) system. Successfully developed and proven feasible in Phase I, SEEALL-HWD is based on free-form imaging optics coupled to a waveguide with a see-through decoupling hologram and active lens for providing virtual imagery at the correct focal depth. The augmented-reality imagery is made possible through a novel tiling of multiple microdisplays providing high visual acuity, a POC-developed backlight to provide the high dynamic range, and an innovative low profile waveguide using free-form plastic optics. In Phase I, POC has successfully demonstrated the SEEALL HWD system for an enhanced performance optical see-through HWD to superimpose computer-generated information onto an individual's view of the real world. In Phase II, POC proposes to incrementally improve the SEEALL-HWD through a three-stage development process, from planar waveguides (Stage I), an initial conformal waveguide (Stage II), to an optimized conformal HWD (Stage III in the Phase II Option period), with the goal of generating an integrated system in a compact, low cost, lightweight, ergonomic packaging. Throughout the Phase II, AITT workflow integration will drive prototype development.

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