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Advancements in HMD technology: the DARPA-sponsored SCENICC program
Author(s): Randall Sprague; Arthur Zhang; Scott Cookson; Lee Hendricks; Tyrone O’Brien; Joseph Ford; Eric Tremblay; Todd Rutherford; Doug Reinert; Adam Johnson
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we report on the technical developments of the head worn display (HWD) for DARPA’s SCENICC program. The goal of the SCENICC program is to provide the warfighter with vision capabilities exceeding normal human vision. This is being achieved with an advanced imaging system that is able to capture the surrounding scene with superior visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, and wavelength sensitivity. With this increased visual information density, intelligent image processing provides imagery to the wearer’s eyes via an advanced HWD. The goal of this HWD is to provide digital visual information at the limits of human perception over a field of view near the human peripheral vision limits. This represents a tremendous amount of information requiring novel concepts in order to achieve such ambitious goals. One important concept is the use of imaging optics located directly on the eye, moving with the eye as it changes its gaze angle. A second concept is the use of demagnification optics to convert a large, low spatial resolution image into a smaller, high spatial resolution image. This is done in conjunction with image processing that is constantly modifying the image presented based on real-time pupil tracking. In addition to enabling a high performance optical system, integrating the imaging optical components into contact lenses eliminates much of the bulky imaging optics from the HWD itself creating a high performance wearable display in a standard protective eyewear form factor. The resulting quantum advance in HWD performance will enable HWDs to expand well beyond their current limited roles.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 May 2013
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8735, Head- and Helmet-Mounted Displays XVIII: Design and Applications, 87350C (16 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2019869
Show Author Affiliations
Randall Sprague, Innovega Inc. (United States)
Arthur Zhang, Innovega Inc. (United States)
Scott Cookson, Innovega Inc. (United States)
Lee Hendricks, Rockwell Collins (United States)
Tyrone O’Brien, Rockwell Collins (United States)
Joseph Ford, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
Eric Tremblay, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)
Todd Rutherford, Greenlight Optics (United States)
Doug Reinert, Greenlight Optics (United States)
Adam Johnson, Distant Focus (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8735:
Head- and Helmet-Mounted Displays XVIII: Design and Applications
Peter L. Marasco; Paul R. Havig, Editor(s)

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