Optical Research Associates seeking partners to commercialize head-worn display (VIDEO)

Aug. 20, 2010
San Diego, CA--At the SPIE Optics + Photonics 2010 conference, the Engineering Services team at Optical Research Associates (ORA) demonstrated a prototype head-worn personal display.

San Diego, CA--At the SPIE Optics + Photonics 2010 conference, the Engineering Services team at Optical Research Associates (ORA) demonstrated a prototype head-worn personal display. ORA envisions a future in which people will transition from handheld cell-phone displays to a more elegant head-worn personal display for mobile information needs. The company has developed optics for a personal display prototype that they believe provides unique advantages to help enable this transition.



A key differentiator of the optics used in the ORA personal display is their ophthalmic-quality, see-through capability. The ORA personal display glasses make use of an off-axis optical design that is scalable from a 20-degree diagonal full field of view to a 100-degree diagonal full field of view (the size of the glasses will scale up or down with the field of view). The 100-degree solution from ORA is in production now as the Link/L3 AHMD simulator display.

The ORA personal display has the following specifications: 10 mm eyebox diameter; greater than 15 mm eye clearance; 20-degree full diagonal field of view; 432 x 240 panel resolution; distortion correction via an electronic warper.

This technology has now cleared the prototype phase and ORA is interested in partnering with and/or licensing the optical design form, which is patent protected, to parties interested in bringing it to either a consumer, industrial, or military market. For more information on this opportunity, please contact Kevin Thompson, VP of ORA Engineering Services ([email protected]), to initiate a discussion or arrange for a personal demonstration of this technology.

ORA’s Engineering Services team has completed over 4800 projects for government, commercial, and consumer products, including designs for compact disk player optics, holographic heads-up displays, and precision illumination systems. It matches the needs for fabrication and assembly tolerances based on its interactive tolerance analysis with CODE V software to the capabilities of fabricators it knows well. By providing a list of qualified fabricators, ORA puts its customers in a position to negotiate a competitive price as they own the design up front.

SOURCE: Optical Research Associates

--Posted by Gail Overton; [email protected]; www.laserfocusworld.com

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