Rockwell Collins launches two helmet mounted displays for immersive simulation and training

ORLANDO, Fla., 3 Dec. 2009. Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, launched two new rugged, high-resolution helmet mounted displays (HMDs) that provide immersive simulation and training experiences through realistic visuals.

Dec 3rd, 2009

ORLANDO, Fla., 3 Dec. 2009. Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, launched two new rugged, high-resolution helmet mounted displays (HMDs) that provide immersive simulation and training experiences through realistic visuals.

The products, named the SimEye SX45 and SimEye SX60, incorporate the latest in organic light emitting diode (OLED) micro display technology, and are on display this week at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando, Fla.

The compact SimEye SX45 and SimEye SX60 attach to a helmet or newly designed lightweight headband. The 1280 by 1024 Super eXtended Graphics Array (SXGA) resolution provides a realistic training environment. The SX45 provides a 45 degree field of view (FOV) which delivers high image fidelity and is the optimal display for viewing fine details at long range distances in military simulation. The SX60, with its wider 60 degree FOV, provides heightened situational awareness and creates the feeling of being fully immersed in the virtual environment.

The SX45 is more for Special Forces applications while the SX60 is for mounted crew training for improvised explosive device detection, says David Fluegeman, senior manager for marketing and business development at Rockwell Collins.

"The SimEye SX45 and SimEye SX60 achieve a level of visual acuity not seen before in a helmet mounted display," says Bruce King, vice president and general manager of Surface Solutions for Rockwell Collins. "These HMDs are the ultimate displays for immersive part-task and integrated training environments with their lighter weight and easy-to-use features."

Weighing less than one pound, these HMDs operate on less than three watts of power. The SX45 and SX60 can also be powered through a USB port.

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