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  • Vol. 2, Iss. 6 — Jun. 13, 2007

Design of a bright polarized head-mounted projection display

Hong Hua and Chunyu Gao  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 46, Issue 14, pp. 2600-2610 (2007)

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In optical see-through head-mounted displays, it has been a common challenge that the displayed image lacks brightness and contrast compared with the direct view of a real-world scene. Consequently, such displays are usually used in dimmed lighting conditions, which limits the feasibility of applying such information displays outdoors or in scenarios where well-lit environments, such as in operation rooms, are required. The lack of image brightness is aggravated in the design of a see-through head-mounted projection display (HMPD). For instance, the overall flux transfer efficiency of existing HMPD designs is less than 10%. The design of a polarized head-mounted projection display (p-HMPD) is presented. The images of a p-HMPD system can potentially be three times brighter than those in existing HMPD designs. It is further demonstrated that the p-HMPD design is able to dramatically improve image brightness, contrast, and color vividness with experimental results. Finally, the design of a compact optical system and helmet prototype is described.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.2040) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Displays
(120.2820) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Heads-up displays
(120.4570) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical design of instruments
(120.4820) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical systems

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: September 13, 2006
Revised Manuscript: January 8, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: January 11, 2007
Published: April 23, 2007

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Vol. 2, Iss. 6 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Hong Hua and Chunyu Gao, "Design of a bright polarized head-mounted projection display," Appl. Opt. 46, 2600-2610 (2007)

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