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March 1, 2012

U.S. Army Awards Phase II SBIR Contract to DigiLens, Inc. for Curved Plastic Helmut-Mounted Displays

SUNNYVALE, CA — Mar. 1, 2012: DigiLens announced the award of a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II contract to develop lightweight, wide field-of-view (FOV), curved head-mounted display (HMDs) for the U.S. Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate in Ft. Belvoir, Maryland.

After years of highly competitive development, conventional Army night vision systems are still based on bulky, heavy, glass refractive optics with limited FOV and are uncomfortable. DigiLens has developed an elegant, game-changing solution to this challenging problem with its successful demonstration of an ultra-wide (60 degree FOV), compact (~1.5mm thick), and high resolution (5760x1080p) see-through display. Comfort sustainability is improved with a generous (30mm) exit pupil, liberal (30mm) eye relief, and ergonomic center of mass and focus at infinity.

In Phase I, DigiLens demonstrated the transition from glass to plastic packaging. In Phase II, DigiLens will refine the development of its HMD flexible, curved plastic prototypes then move forward to the pre-production stage. The Phase II developments support the continued work for multiple contracts for DigiLens’ curved waveguide HMDs for F-35 next generation avionics applications.

DigiLens’ project leader Dr. Jonathan Waldern commented, “We are delighted the Army has shown confidence in both our team and technology. We look forward to delivering our display in an all-plastic package that meets their stringent requirements for durability and weight.”

About DigiLens, Inc.
DigiLens, Inc. is the leader in diffractive waveguide optic technology and nanomaterials for augmented and virtual reality applications, serving the aerospace, automotive, government and consumer electronics market. Leveraging a toolbox of optical IP cores, we develop unique optical solutions, performing “optical origami” on some of the toughest display and imaging applications. Our breakthrough technology platform and nanomaterials help deliver the best in class AR and VR displays.

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