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Tilted Cat Helmet Mounted Display
Author(s): J. G. Droessler; D. J. Rotier
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Paper Abstract

Honeywell has developed a new helmet mounted display (HMD) with a 60° field of view (FOV) by using a unique Tilted Cat (Catadioptric) Combiner. The Tilted Cat display concept allows a wide FOV display to be designed: with a 3:1 display brightness improvement over the conventional folded catadioptric approach; provides a similar improvement in combiner see through transmissions; and only requires a small tilt on the optically powered combiner which minimizes the complexity of the optics. Large FOV HMD's 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 powered element becomes more asymetric as the tilt increases, and to maintain a resultant well resolved symmetric display image, additional non-symmetric, tilted, decentered lens elements are required. The Tilted Cat combiner permitted a practical display optical system to be defined for a 60° FOV. The high resolution performance levels of the smaller FOV displays was obtained, with the resolution limited only by the CRT's resolution. A summary of the design considerations, the development of, and the demonstrated performance data for the 60° Tilted Cat HMD will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 September 1989
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1116, Helmet-Mounted Displays, (5 September 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.960893
Show Author Affiliations
J. G. Droessler, Honeywell Systems & Research Center (United States)
D. J. Rotier, Honeywell Systems & Research Center (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1116:
Helmet-Mounted Displays
Jerry Carollo, Editor(s)

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