US Navy Awards FoVI3D Phase II SBIR to Advance Holographic Light Field Display Systems
Austin, TX - April, 10th, 2017 – FoVI3D was awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the Naval Sea Systems Command to pursue the development of the next generation Full Multiplex Holographic Display (FMHD). This 2-year effort will advance holographic light-field display (LfD) systems addressing the needs of the Navy’s Combat Information Centers (CIC).
“The US Navy continues to be a great partner for FoVI3D” stated Chuck Scullion, chief executive officer of FoVI3D. “Considering our existing programs with the US Air Force and the US Army, this award further demonstrates the armed services’ desire for collaborative, glasses-free 3D displays. Considering our significant lead in the development of holographic LfD systems, FoVI3D is best positioned to realize this vision.”
The objective of the Full Multiplex Holographic Display (FMHD) Phase II is to further define the requirements of a collaborative, holographic LfD system and develop a prototype to meet US Navy needs. Increasing complexity and speed of future naval engagements will require an efficient and intuitive Common Operating Picture (COP) display system with perspective correct visualizations of the battlespace. This will include expected depth cues such as occlusion, gradient shading, and specular highlights for all viewers within the light-field projection volume without the need for eye tracking or VR headsets. This will bring key stakeholders and decision makers together over a LfD system with enhanced collaboration and information retention.
The first ever working prototype of a holographic LfD for real-time battlespace visualization was created through the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) funded effort Urban Photonic Sandtable Display (UPSD) program. This 5-year effort resulted in the creation of four LfD systems, three of which were transitioned to agencies within the Department of Defense (DoD) for human factors research and experimentation. FoVI3D is now advancing this technology to create the next generation holographic LfD to meet the DoD vision for collaborative, glasses-free 3D display systems and the support of US Navy’s SBIR award accelerates this development.