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IEE brings glasses-free 3D to the battlefield


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In a war zone, having the right data is as important as the right bomb sniffing laser. IEE has melded its 4.8-inch 800 x 400 military data display with 3Ms autostereoscopic film so soldiers can see mission-critical data in three dimensions. The Preliminary Advanced Information device is designed to show accurate terrain maps, relay the picture from a drone camera or bring up the occasional blast of Monday Night Football.

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New 3D Handheld Display from IEE Integrates 3M's Autostereoscopic Technology

High-resolution display reduces off-axis image reversal, color distortions

AUSA Annual Meeting, Washington, DC - October 2011 – IEE, Inc., specializing in the design, test support and fielding of human system interface (HSI) display technologies in a wide range of military/aerospace, industrial and retail applications, has integrated 3M's revolutionary 3D film, which requires no 3D glasses, into its field-proven, military-qualified handheld 4.8" control display unit (CDU).

A close cooperation between IEE and 3M is facilitating the development of the 3D display for custom applications. Initially developed for use in terrain mapping, remote robotics control and enhanced video feeds, the new 3D display is making its way in virtually all rugged, military display applications from remote observation to training environments.

In addition to the 3D functionality, key design elements are the unit's small size and LED backlight technology that provides a low power, portable device with a higher resolution than other displays using 3D technology. The new 4.8" display decreases off-axis image reversals and color distortions, a common concern in the use of 3D technologies, and can easily be switched to 2D with imagery comparable to modern day smart phones.

The display features a resolution of 800 x 480 x RGB with a typical brightness of 200 cd/m2in both 2D and 3D modes with an optimum viewing distance of 16". External dimension are 3.45" x 5.98" x 1.22".

A system integration development (SID) kit that allows developers to work with the 3D display technologies and related software will be available for government agencies and prime contractors in first quarter 2012. Technology demonstrations are available now, with units scheduled to ship in second quarter 2012.

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