Annex A. Science And Technology Objectives (STOs)
Army Science and Technology Master Plan (ASTMP 1997)

III.I.07. Helmet Mounted Displays. Research, study, and analyze the device physics and operational performance parameters of new technological approaches and production methodologies for field emission displays (FED), active matrix electroluminescence (AMEL), and single crystal active matrix liquid crystal (XSiLCD) devices. This research is coordinated with and leverages DARPA-financed display programs. Research other display technologies such as deformable mirror devices (DMD) and miniature cathode ray tubes (CRT) and integrated display device technologies including phosphors, back lights, and driver electronics. Developmental solutions will be sought and evaluated for current head mounted display problems (e.g., limited resolution, cumbersome appliance structures, limited fields of view). Perform research to reduce power drain; increase luminance/ chromaticity/uniformity; improve high speed refresh rates; expand gray scale gradations; enhance contrast; eliminate viewing angle anomalies; expand operating temperature range parameters; reduce cost; and increase display life. Technology developments permit fabrication of chip size, 1000 line/inch, 1024 x 1280 pixel display devices (40 deg FOV). Measure, characterize, and evaluate these devices in both monochrome (FY95) and color (FY96). RDECS will use resulting data to develop head mounted displays for specific applications (e.g., dismounted soldier). Continue device physics research to support device developer’s needs in their development of 2000 line/inch devices (60 deg FOV) by FY96. Demonstrate high efficiency, low power operation and optimal electrical interfaces to user systems by FY97.

Supports: NRDEC/CERDEC Force XXI Land Warrior (Vision Systems) and CERDEC High Resolution Display Systems (HRDS) Program.

Robert Miller Catherine Kominos Chris Kearns
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