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Optical Engineering

Tilted cat helmet-mounted display
Author(s): Justin G. Droessler; Donald J. Rotier
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Paper Abstract

A new 50° × 60° field of view helmet-mounted display (HMD) with a tilted catadioptric combiner has been designed, fabricated, and tested. The tilted cat display concept allows a wide-FOV display to be designed that has a 3:1 display brightness improvement over the conventional folded catadioptric approach, provides a similar improvement in combiner see-through transmissions, and requires only a small tilt on the optically powered combiner that minimizes the complexity of the optics. Large-FOV HMDs with see-through capability require tilted, optically powered surfaces with complex optical systems for the display projection and relay. The optical performance of a tilted, optically powered element becomes more asymmetric as the tilt increases, and to maintain a resultant well resolved symmetric display image, additional nonsymmetric, tilted, decentered lens elements are required. The tilted cat combiner permits a practical display optical system to be defined for a 60° FOV. The high resolution performance levels of the smaller FOV displays were obtained, with the resolution limited only by the CRT's resolution. A summary of the design considerations, development process, and demonstrated performance data for the 60° tilted cat HMD are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1990
PDF: 6 pages
Opt. Eng. 29(8) doi: 10.1117/12.55669
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 29, Issue 8
Show Author Affiliations
Justin G. Droessler
Donald J. Rotier, GV Associates (United States)


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