Ultra-High Resolution Scanning Fiber Display for HMDs

Period of Performance: 07/03/2013 - 04/03/2014


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Magic Leap, Inc.
3107 Sterling Road Suite 102
Hollywood, FL 33312
Principal Investigator


ABSTRACT: Magic Leap, Inc. proposes to develop a novel full-color, ultra-high resolution microdisplay for pilot Head Mounted Displays (HMDs) incorporating scanning optical fibers. The single mode optical fiber preserves the coherence of the light source, enabling a diffraction-limited spot to form each pixel--enabling a pixel pitch less than 2.7 microns for high resolution in a small footprint. The proposed solution will address the resolution, frame rate, color depth, contrast and field of view (FOV) requirements for next generation HMDs. BENEFIT: Magic Leap anticipates that the proposed Phase I SBIR will result in a preliminary design for a color, ultra-high resolution micro-display based on our Fiber Scanned Display technology. The preliminary designs developed in Phase I will lead to proof-of-concept prototypes in Phase II. These prototypes will be used to further study the performance of the design concepts, and allow us to analyze in greater detail the real world performance characteristics of the displays. A high-pixel density Fiber Scanned Display will enable high angular resolution over a wide field of view in pilot head-mounted displays, enhancing situational awareness. In addition to working with the DoD to address defense applications, Magic Leap is working to commercialize low cost, compact, high field of view, high resolution consumer wearable display systems.