Device for Measuring Performance and Defects in Binocular Displays

Period of Performance: 12/17/1998 - 06/17/1999

$70K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Spectron Engineering, Inc.
255 Yuma Court
Denver, CO 80223
Principal Investigator

Research Topics

Abstract

The objective is to develop a device which can measure the image quality of any wide field-of-view, binocular, head mounted display. This Phase I effort proposes to achieve this by continuing the development of the existing, commercially available Spectron DASH 6 Axis HMD (Helmet Mounted Display) Tester which already meets or exceeds a large portion of this objective. Research and development will be required for a field of view increase, supporting metrology and image generation. This effort also includes continued development of setup and automated test procedures which can be integrated into a user friendly, display test package. Implementation of functional bread boards and appropriate modifications to the existing DASH Tester will be used to gain empirical experience whenever practical. The testing of customer supplied HMDs will be used to supplement the research and development of the Phase I proposal. BENEFITS: The proposed display test system would be useful to manufacturers of commercial and military binocular displays. With the economy of one testing unit, laboratories or depots could obtain valid performance comparisons between all binocular displays, including different designs and module.