High Resolution, WFOV:
Kaiser Display Specifications
The system creates a very wide field of view display both horizontally and vertically by tiling six displays per eye to give the wide F.O.V. and maintain a high resolution image around. Electronics for the displays extend along the ear pieces on the side of the helmet and distribute the 800 x 600 resolution image into the individual displays. An optical system utilizing a meniscus mirror and passive filters by Kaiser keeps the unit compact.
Tracking of the headset is accomplished by UNC-CH designed "HiBall" ceiling tracker or a commercially available magnetic tracker. Either of which has a calibrated mount on the back of the headset. HMD mounts and integration by the Microelectronics Systems Laboratory at UNC. For some links to other Augmented HMDs, click here.
Size: 0.7" active matrix
Pixels: 800H x 225V
FOV: 150deg H x 50deg V with 40deg overlap
Resolution: Full color, 1.1 million pixels/eye
Displays: 6 per eye, 12 total
Technology: VIM optical technology
Display Weight: 1.5 lbs
Headgear: Helmet with bladder type clamping
IPD adjustment: Single knob with graduations, 60mm - 78mm
Eye Distance adjustment: Single knob in back, 30mm travel
Vertical adjustment: Internal pads
Tracking devices: Hiball or magnetic sensor removable at back of helmet
Audio: Internal cupped earphones
Overall Weight: about 3.5 lbs
Funding for Research by DARPA
Display system Designed and built by Kaiser Electro-optical Corporation, Carlsbad, California
Mounting system Designed and built by the Microelectronic Systems Laboratory, UNC-Chapel Hill, NC
Video See-through, WFOV:
Several video see-through HMDs have also been developed at UNC’s computer science department including medical usage video-see through HMDs and other augmented HMDs.
UNC does not sell or reproduce the research HMDs. However Kaiser Electro Optics of the WFOV HMD above and InnerOptic Technology, Inc. licensee of UNC’s augmented reality video see-through HMD, are manufacturers of commercial versions of some of the HMDs seen on these research pages.
Kurtis Keller 4/20/2006