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Proposal Number: 1021051
Proposal Title: Helmet Embedded Conformal Augmented Display
Topic Number: H-SB010.2-006
Phase: Phase I
Topic Title: Helmet with Embedded Active Display for Emergency Responders (HEADER)
Organization: Physical Optics Corporation
Address: 1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501-1510  
Abstract: To address the HSARPA need for a next-generation helmet with an embedded heads-up display for emergency responder personal situation awareness, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Helmet Embedded Conformal Augmented Display (HECAD) that can be easily integrated into emergency responder helmet. The proposed HECAD system is based on a unique design that integrates environmentally hardened miniature microdisplays and electronics with POC-developed waveguide holographic image-projection optics conformal to or embedded onto helmet visor. The proposed lightweight, low-profile, low-power device will provide advanced situation awareness by displaying readouts and alerts of body-warned multiple sensors, and can switch between normal data and augmented scene display modes. In Phase I, POC will design HECAD for an advance first responder helmet and demonstrate the proposed concept`s feasibility through simulation and integration of a preliminary prototype system. In Phase II, POC plans to develop a fully functional prototype and integrate it with a selected helmet system to evaluate it in a simulated operational environment. Due to its modular low-profile, see-through design, the HECAD will have significant commercial applications primarily benefiting firefighters and emergency responders for disasters; it can also be used as heads-up displays in medical, sports, aerospace, training, manufacturing, and gaming applications.
Award/Contract Number: D10PC20048
Period of Performance: 10/15/2010 - 04/28/2011
Award/Contract Value: $99,997.00
Award/Obligated Amount: $99,997.00