Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) has awarded a four year $58.3 million contract to Ostendo Technologies to develop holographic displays for the US Air Force
Ostendo develops next generation Solid State Lighting (SSL)-based display technologies and products for commercial and consumer markets and will now develop dynamic, high-performance, synthetic holographic 3D workstation display systems, simultaneously viewable by multiple people with the unaided eye, with very low power, no perceptual display artefacts, and no eye strain.
The company have invented a Quantum Photonic Imager (QPI) device which uses low power, offers very high resolution, brightness and fast response time and enables a very high angular density full parallax light field display
The four-year contract is worth $58.3 million and falls under Synthetic Holographic Observation (SHO) Program, and was funded through the Air Force Research Laboratory. The IARPA SHO Program addresses practical constraints and performance requirements to enable natural, effective and safe 3D visualization in the field.
“The Ostendo novel development plan for a full-parallax hogel-based 3D display system envisions the integration of previously discrete electronic and optical functionalities via a new class of optoelectronic devices based on its several patented technologies. Air Force and DoD intelligence analysts and C2 operators have requested ultra-high resolution holographic displays to increase productivity when working with 3D information from intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems and fused data models,” said Dr. Darrel G. Hopper, AFRL Principal Electronics Engineer and Contracting Officer’s Representative.
The goal is to deliver the final prototype system to the Air Force by July 2016.
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