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An Integrated Approach To Helmet Display System Design
Author(s): James E. Melzer; Eric W. Larkin
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Paper Abstract

The traditional approach to helmet-mounted display (HMD) design has been to add the display onto an existing helmet. This has produced displays which. while functional, have not always been favorably looked upon by the user community in terms of their weight. center of gravity, obstruction of vision, head motion restriction and aesthetic appeal. To solve this dilemma, we have approached the problem from a new perspective. By first designing an optical system which has the desired performance, folding it such that it conforms to the shape of the human head, then designing a helmet around the optics, it is possible to produce a display system which will meet the operational requirements. compromising neither the user's ability to carry out the mission nor the life support capability of the helmet and mask combination. There are several programs currently underway at Kaiser Electronics in which this approach has been the key driving element. An example is given of the current Agile-Eye helmet integrated display system, a 120field-of-view (FOV) monocular, stroke (symbols only) display designed for use in a fixed-wing environment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 1987
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0778, Display System Optics, (17 September 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.940470
Show Author Affiliations
James E. Melzer, Kaiser Electronics (United States)
Eric W. Larkin, Kaiser Electronics (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0778:
Display System Optics
Arthur Cox; Rudolf Hartmann, Editor(s)

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