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US ARMY AWARDS PHASE II SBIR CONTRACT TO SBG LABS FOR PLASTIC HELMET-MOUNTED DISPLAYSUNNYVALE, Calif., Mar. 1st, 2012 - Switchable Bragg Grating (SBG) Labs, the world leader in the development of state-of-the-art electro-holographic materials and devices for use in Augmented and Virtual Reality displays, announced the recent award of a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II contract to develop compact, lightweight, wide field-of-view (FOV), wave-guided, Head-Mounted Displays for the ARMY Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate, Ft. Belvoir, MD.
After years of highly competitive development, conventional Army night vision systems are still based on bulky, heavy, glass refractive optics with limited FOV and uncomfortable wearability. SGB Labs has developed an elegant game-changing solution to this challenging problem by successfully demonstrating an ultra-wide 60° FOV, compact (~1.5 mm thick), see-through display with a pixel resolution of 5760x1080p. Comfort is substantially improved with a generous (30 mm) exit pupil, liberal (30 mm) eye relief, ergonomic center of mass and focus at infinity. During Phase I, SBG Labs also demonstrated transition from glass to plastic packaging. In Phase II, SBG will refine the development of its HMD flexible plastic prototypes and move them forward to the pre-production stage.
SBG Labs project leader Dr. Jonathan Waldern commented, "We are delighted the ARMY has shown confidence in both our team and technology. We look forward to delivering our display in an all-plastic package that meets their stringent requirements for durability and weight."
About SBG Labs Inc. Located in Silicon Valley, California, with worldwide distribution and support, SBG Labs Inc. is an optical technology company that has developed a revolutionary new electrically switchable holographic device called a Switchable Bragg Grating. The electro-holographic optical technology merges breakthroughs in nano material science and optical software processing by recording holographic optics into its proprietary nanocomposite electro-optical material. SBG technology has broad applications in many everyday products, including displays, imaging, optical switches and integrated optical micro devices.