Full-color, large screen display systems can enhance military applications that
require group presentation, coordinated decisions, or interaction between decision
makers. The technology already plays an important role in operations centers,
simulation facilities, conference rooms, and training centers. Some applications
display situational, status, or briefing information, while others portray instructional
material for procedural training or depict realistic panoramic scenes that are
used in simulators. While each specific application requires unique values of
luminance, resolution, response time, reliability, and the video interface, suitable
performance can be achieved with available commercial large screen displays.
Advances in the technology of large screen displays are driven by the commercial
applications because the military applications do not provide the significant market
share enjoyed by high definition television (HDTV), entertainment, advertisement,
training, and industrial applications.
This paper reviews the status of full-color, large screen display technologies
and includes the performance and cost metrics of available systems. For this discussion,
performance data is based upon either measurements made by our personnel or
extractions from vendors' data sheets.