NASA SBIR 2003 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER:03-F4.01-7069 (For NASA Use Only - Chron: 035938)
SUBTOPIC TITLE:Extravehicular Activity Productivity
PROPOSAL TITLE:Ultraminiature, Micropower Multipurpose Display

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Displaytech, Inc.
2602 Clover Basin Drive
Longmont ,CO 80503 - 7604
(303) 772 - 2191

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mark A. Handschy
handschy@displaytech.com
2602 Clover Basin Drive
Longmont ,CO  80503 -7604
(303) 774 - 2213
U.S. Citizen or Legal Resident: Yes

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
High information content electronic displays remain the most difficult element of the human-machine interface to effectively miniaturize. Mobile applications need a high-definition display small enough to variously be comfortably worn, easily integrated into crowded cockpits, or fit into spacecraft workspaces?environments where even current LCD flat panels, especially when their power sources and waste heat are considered, are much too large. In particular, NASA would benefit from: high-resolution displays worn inside the space suit to enhance EVA productivity, wide-field stereo displays for robotic teleoperators, head-up displays (HUD) for spacecraft and vehicle guidance, and lightweight low-power displays for long-duration space habitats. We propose here to develop microdisplay modules that are radically smaller, radically brighter, and have radically lower power consumption than previously available technology. These modules will enable all the use modes shown in Figure 1. The new display electronic architectures and pixel designs, novel folded reflective viewing optics, and efficient LED illuminators to be developed here will extend our proven low-cost commercial display platform to meet these higher resolution and performance requirements, while enabling private-sector electronic viewfinder (EVF) and micro-projector applications with potential annual revenues exceeding $50 million.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
NASA would benefit from: high-resolution displays worn inside the space suit to enhance EVA productivity; wide-field stereo displays for robotic teleoperators; head-up displays (HUD) for spacecraft and vehicle guidance; lightweight low-power displays for long-duration space habitats. The high resolution, very bright, very small size, high efficiency and low overall power with low heat dissipation of the proposed displays make them especially well suited to these applications.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
The proposed development of high resolution, very bright, very small, low power displays will enable the trend toward higher resolution electronic viewfinder displays in commercial portable products such as digital still and video cameras and it will favorably impact emerging HUD and dashboard display applications in civilian vehicles. Electronic viewfinders and micro-projectors alone have potential annual revenues exceeding $50 million. Military applications also exist, including cockpit displays, cockpit HUD displays, personal HMD displays and weapons sights.