IARPA’s Synthetic Holographic Observation program: developing advanced dynamic holographic displays
The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA) – the intelligence community’s equivalent of DARPA, about which we write about regularly here at End the Lie – is not only working on silent drones. They are now pursuing a program called Synthetic Holographic Observation or SHO.
In the description of their program provided with the Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) posted last year on the Federal Business Opportunities website, they reveal just how ambitious this program is.
While the solicitation was first posted in July of 2011, IARPA actually just gave out a whopping $58,328,021 contract to Ostendo Technologies of Carlsbad, California to build the prototype SHO system on August 15, 2012.
“Today’s 3D cameras and displays offer solutions to entertainment markets. These displays provide a single perspective of a scene (e.g., videogames, movie theaters), or else dynamic multi-perspectives to a single viewer with and without special glasses, using head-tracking,” explains the solicitation.