NASA SBIR 2007 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 07-1 X4.03-9536
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Space Suit Displays, Cameras, Controls, and Integrated Systems
PROPOSAL TITLE: Holographic Waveguided See-through Display

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Luminit, LLC
20600 Gramercy Place, Suite 203
Torrance, CA 90501 - 1821
(310) 320-1066

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dmitry Voloschenko
20600 Gramercy Place, suite 203
Torrance, CA 90501 - 1821
(310) 320-1066

Expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) upon completion of contract:

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
To address the NASA need for lightweight, space suit-mounted displays, Luminit proposes a novel Holographic Waveguided See-Through Display. Our proposed Holographic Waveguided See-Through Display (HoWSD) will integrate highly selective waveguiding Bragg holograms, Luminit diffuser technology, a unique LCD backlight into a helmet-mounted display (HMD) that will provide easy- to-access clearly visible information to astronauts during extravehicular activity (EVA). The proposed HoWSD incorporates a unique design and Luminit novel diffusers into a functional HMD, which enables us to meet NASA goals for a functional, unobtrusive display device that provides information to astronauts during EVA. HoWSD offers a compact, low-profile display with high brightness and contrast, which is fully see-through and high resolution. In Phase I Luminit will demonstrate the feasibility of a see-through helmet-mounted display that can operate under various illumination levels, and which will prepare us for Phase II. In Phase II, Luminit plans to develop a fully-functional rugged prototype and demonstrate HoWSD functionality. The demonstrated results will offer NASA the capability of incorporating a non-obtrusive, rugged, wide field-of-view display into a space suit helmet designed for EVAs.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
If successful in Phase I and in Phase II, the HoWSD system, integrated into a space suit helmet, will enable astronauts to see important mission information, such as updates from the Primary Life Support System (PLSS), warnings and checklists, during EVA.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The HoWSD system will find applications in avionics, combat vehicle crew, soldier's integrated protective ensemble, logistics and training, fire fighting, and in other areas where rugged helmet-mounted displays are needed. HMD technology advances made possible by successful development of the proposed HoWSD visor optics system will lead to cost-effective commercialization. In particular, the new HMD system will find numerous real-time 3D virtual reality applications. Medicine, avionics, education, CAD, portable computing and communication, law-enforcement, fire fighting, space exploration, and video games represent major markets for compact, low-cost lightweight HMDs in the private sector.

NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.

Data Input/Output Devices
Human-Computer Interfaces

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