US Army contracts Microvision to develop wireless head-worn mobile display for medical applications

Bothell 20 December 2001Microvision Inc. has been awarded a $3.3 million development contract from the United States Army's Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA), Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) for the initial phase in the development of a mobile wireless personal display system for medical applications.


The contract supports the objectives for the Army's INFOMEDIC concept, a mobile medical system that will enable military surgical personnel and medics to access, read, and transmit critical medical data via a head-worn display, wearable computer, and wireless network.

Microvision will design, integrate, and test a head-worn mobile display solution based on its unique retinal scanning display technology to meet the Army's medical system specification. The INFOMEDIC display will be developed over the next 16 months, and will leverage and build upon Microvision's newly completed design of the Nomad Personal Display System.

The Nomad Personal Display System is a "see-through", high-resolution, daylight-readable, head-worn display that augments the user's natural vision by merging electronic information into their field of view to bring information to the "point of task".

"Microvision's contract with TATRC underscores the company's objectives for the ongoing development of a family of personal displays based on the Nomad product", noted Rick Rutkowski, Microvision president and CEO. "We are just beginning initial commercial production of the Nomad system, and this effort will pave the way for subsequent additions to the Nomad product line that will feature enhancements in overall ergonomic design, form factor, and performance: enhancements which will benefit a variety of military, medical, aviation, and industrial applications."

The Nomad display enables mobile workers to work hands-free and head-up in any lighting condition, allowing them to access information anywhere As a result, the Nomad system delivers major improvements in situational awareness, productivity, safety, and precision and provides greater versatility for mobile applications than alternative display solutions.

Mr. Rutkowski added: "This contract gives Microvision the opportunity to demonstrate that we can quickly design, develop, and deploy fully integrated display systems for specific military applications. The INFOMEDIC concept represents the future of battlefield medicine, and indeed the future of personal information display. We are excited about the opportunity to demonstrate the advantages that our display technology will bring to this critical aspect of military operations."

Leslie Versweyveld

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