Color night vision is a high priority for the defense community. The successful achievement of seeing color images in extremely low light is also of high commercial value for use in a range of degraded visual conditions or as a vision aid for sight impaired users. Creative MicroSystems has been working on a digital night vision system using a multiaperture approach that enables video rate color night vision. The approach produces increased operational performance, a substantial cost reduction and uses enhanced computed vision algorithms running on commercial off-the-shelf processors. Early systems have achieved color imaging in moonless night conditions in a very compact form factor.
Providing the warfighter with Head or Helmet Mounted Displays (HMDs) while in tracked vehicles provides a means to
visually maintain access to systems information while in a high vibration environment. The high vibration and unique
environment of military tracked and turreted vehicles impact the ability to distinctly see certain information on an HMD,
especially small font size or graphics and information that requires long fixation (staring), rather than a brief or
peripheral glance. The military and commercial use of HMDs was compiled from market research, market trends, and
user feedback. Lessons learned from previous military and commercial use of HMD products were derived to determine
the feasibility of HMDs use in the high vibration and the unique environments of tracked vehicles. The results are
summarized into factors that determine HMD features which must be specified for successful implementation.
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Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) Sensing IX