Advanced diver’s mask-mounted display system

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Until now, divers working in dark, murky waters haven’t been able to eff ectively survey and assess their surroundings. But with the Advanced Diver’s Mask-Mounted Display System, it’s a new underwater world. Th e transformational fl ip-up/fl ip-down device is like an “underwater night vision” system that allows divers to see what they’re doing, whether looking for mines, scanning for intruders, inspecting ship hulls, (more) recovering a body, searching for evidence, or studying fi sh behavior.Th e 800 x 600 super video graphics arra (SVGA) screen incorporates organic lightemitting diode (OLED) displays that are color-balanced and contrast-matched, giving the diver an astonishingly clear and actionable view. The fi xed-focus optical system was designed and manufactured using multi-element lenses that provide an extended eye-relief, allowing the system to be placed outside the dive mask without losing full display-screen fi eld-of-view.Th e binocular lens arrays are assembled at an off set angle that accommodates approximately 95 percent of divers without the need for interpupillary adjustment.Built to withstand use at depths of 300 feet, the mask-mounted display system is a whole new ballgame when compared to anything previously available, off ering higher contrast, brighter color, smaller size, lighter weight, larger eye relief, lower cost, and lower power consumption. In addition, a low-magnetic version will be available for use by Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal divers.Th e Advanced Diver’s Mask-Mounted Display System technology was transferred via a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) and partially exclusive licensing agreement between the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division and Sound Metrics Corporation. Based in Lake Forest Park, Wash., Sound Metrics was formed in 2002 by a group of researchers who had been working at the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Lab. Th is was the company’s fi rst CRADA experience, and it has gone exceedingly well, with mask-mounted displays currently in manufacture and slated for availability to military and private-sector divers in December 2011. (less)