BANC3 receives SBIR contract to develop HMD for US Army


BANC3 has received a small business innovation research (SBIR) contract from the US Army to develop a head-mounted display (HMD), capable of providing accurate head tracking for soldiers.

The HMD must be in line with the US Army Rifleman Marksmanship training requirements.

As part of the augmented reality (AR) and Mixed Reality for Live Fire Ranges project, BANC3 will develop a see-through AR protocol and prototype that will create realistic simulated human avatar overlays on top of standard silhouette representations.

The prototype will also replicate night and obscurant conditions during live fire familiarisation training.

"BANC3 will focus on the development of AR technology that supports range scanning with one eye and weapon sighting with the other."

It will allow soldiers to shoot more rounds in a shorter amount of time, allowing more soldiers to be trained and improving retention and qualification rates, BANC3 stated.

BANC3 will focus on the development of AR technology that supports range scanning with one eye and weapon sighting with the other.

The AR technology will support M4 and M16 weapon platforms using iron, red dot and close combat optic (CCO) sights, as well as advanced combat optical gunsights (ACOG).

Based in the US, BANC3 is involved in advanced EOIR / laser / sensor systems development and integration, software and hardware development, and rapid prototyping of systems from initial concept through deployed system support.