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Microvision Awarded $1M for Eyewear
Jul 2009
Microvision Inc. of Redmond, Wash., was awarded a $1 million subcontract by Lockheed Martin Corp last week as part of DARPA’s Urban Leader Tactical Response, Awareness & Visualization (ULTRA-Vis) program, an advanced technology development initiative with the objective of building a soldier-worn system that provides non-line-of-sight command and control in urban operations while on foot. Under the subcontract, Microvision will develop a daylight-readable, see-through, low-profile, ergonomic eyewear display. Although tactical information is available to ground soldiers today, existing head-mounted displays and legacy system architectures have prevented this information from being delivered in a low-profile, see-through iconic mode. When integrated to an advanced information management system, Microvision’s eyewear display, which will combine the company's ultraminiature PicoP® display engine and its thin, clear substrate guided relay (SGR) optics, could enable users to receive visual commands, view geo-registered icons, and receive other full-color image content overlaid on their view.

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