NASA SBIR 2007 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 07-2 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: 6

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 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 Holographic Optical Elements into a functional HMD, which enables us to meet NASA goals for a functional, unobtrusive display device that can be incorporated into NASA EVA helmets. HoWSD offers a compact, low-profile display with high brightness and contrast, which is fully see-through and high resolution. In Phase I Luminit demonstrated the feasibility of a see-through helmet-mounted display which prepared us for Phase II. In Phase II, Luminit plans to develop a fully-functional rugged prototype HoWSD that can operate under various illumination levels and demonstrate its 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 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 mobile devices, avionics, combat vehicle crew and soldiers' integrated protective ensembles, logistics and training, fire fighting, and in other areas where rugged helmet-mounted displays are needed. HMD technology advances made possible by the successful development of the proposed HoWSD visor optics system will lead to cost-effective commercialization. In particular, the new HMD system will find real-time 3D virtual reality applications. Medicine, avionics, education, CAD, mobile computing and communication, law-enforcement, fire fighting, and video games represent markets for compact, low-cost 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.

Autonomous Control and Monitoring
Data Input/Output Devices
Guidance, Navigation, and Control
Human-Computer Interfaces
Optical & Photonic Materials
Portable Data Acquisition or Analysis Tools
Simulation Modeling Environment
Training Concepts and Architectures

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