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The Small Business Innovations Research program is funding a project that could revolutionize the way people watch video images: the Alternate Reality Vision System (ARVIS), developed by an engineering firm in Conway, Wash. According to Bob Dyer, an electronics engineer at Concept Vision System, ARVIS is a stereoscopic image projection device that occupies the viewer's entire field of vision. Conceived by company president John Webster, a registered-nurse- turned-inventor who incorporated the firm last fall, the system projects images on two concave fiberoptic surfaces placed 3 centimeters from each eye and offers a view 120 degrees up and down and 240 degrees across, which is what people normally see. Working on a $429,000 Small Business Innovations Research contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Webster and Dyer hope to have their Phase II prototype ready by this fall.

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