Sub-Aperture Augmented Low-Light Imager

Period of Performance: 01/01/2015 - 12/31/2015

$1.5MM

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Creative MicroSystems Corp.
49 Fiddlers Green Array
Waitsfield, VT 05673
Principal Investigator

Abstract

Creative MicroSystems (CMC), of Waitsfield, VT, using external and internal funding sources, has been engaged in the design and development of a novel, multi-lens optical low-light imaging system (MOLLI)?a revolutionary advance in night vision technology. Based upon a combined biomimetic/computed vision processing approach?a significant departure from current night vision technology?CMC is developing a rugged, compact, lightweight, wearable multiband detection apparatus for night and all-condition heads-up displays for tactical deployment. CMC has made significant success in this development with: delivery of a full description of an all-condition viewing HUD design with expected functions; performance assessment of CMC designs against current technology; and plan for the proposed technological path. Work to date was completed at CMC, using off-the-shelf or internally derived assets and demonstrates fulfillment of the prerequisites and deliverables for Phase I solicitation. Phase II advances these Phase I design/development milestones to drive production of a fully integrated, wearable night vision prototype system. The wearable prototype will employ C?C?s innovative approach: utilization of sub-aperture multi-lens arrays for imaging; array of segmented solid state low light imaging sensors; advanced computation vision technologies; and a lightfield near-to-eye microdisplay HUD packaged in the desired sunglass form factor.