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Body-worn optical wireless link to helmet mounted display
Author(s): David W. Charlton; Malcolm A. Watson; Henry J. White
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes a prototype demonstration of a high bandwidth data link between the fuselage of an aircraft and a helmet mounted display. A single data receiver, powered by battery and equipped with a light-collecting optical antenna to increase optical gain, is worn on the body of the pilot, with a fast-modulated laser transmitter mounted in the pilot's seat area. The combination covered the expected range of body movement that a pilot typically undergoes during a flight. Uncompressed, ~140Mbps video data is streamed over the free-space link to a BAE Systems helmet mounted display (Q-Sight™) worn by the pilot.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 October 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7833, Unmanned/Unattended Sensors and Sensor Networks VII, 78330C (26 October 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.865124
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David W. Charlton, BAE Systems (United Kingdom)
Malcolm A. Watson, BAE Systems (United Kingdom)
Henry J. White, BAE Systems (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7833:
Unmanned/Unattended Sensors and Sensor Networks VII
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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