3DIcon Announces Nanotechnology Patent Filing by University of Oklahoma Researchers
Silica Aerogels and Nanostructures to Be Utilized to Create Realistic 3D Images
TULSA, Okla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--3DIcon Corporation (Pink Sheets:TDCP), a development-stage communications technology company, announced today that University of Oklahoma researchers, under a sponsored research agreement, have filed a provisional patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office describing a display system that uses a combination of digital light processors and nanotechnology materials to create full-color, static volumetric, realistic 3D images that can be viewed from any unencumbered perspective. Principal research and engineering for this system will continue on OU's Norman and Tulsa campuses. 3DIcon owns the exclusive, worldwide marketing rights for any commercialization of this intellectual property.
“Once successful, this interdisciplinary collaboration offers significant opportunity to place 3DIcon at the forefront of a revolutionary display technology. As nanotechnology becomes a more mature industry, we hope to exploit it in developing several 3D display and communications systems.”
"The University has made several advances which should improve the current state-of-the-art in static-volume 3D displays," said Philip Suomu, 3DIcon's director of technology. "Recent developments using micro- and nanostructure materials offer new ways of building 3D display systems that were not possible previously. By employing the cross-discipline field of nanotechnology, researchers at the University of Oklahoma are developing methods to produce unique and viable full-color, three-dimensional displays that can be viewed in real time in 360 degrees."
Dr. Jim Sluss, Morris R. Pitman professor and director of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in OU's College of Engineering and principal investigator for the 3DIcon project, added, "The addition of a wide array of OU talent across the College of Engineering is important to solving the challenge that 3DIcon presented us. By combining two nascent technologies in an innovative way, we hope to show that we can create novel, optically writable displays that are efficient, low-cost, and robust. By adding light source polymers which are optically activated and dispersed into transparent aerogel, we should be able to demonstrate significant progress in the development of realistic 3D imaging."
Martin Keating, 3DIcon's CEO, concluded, "Once successful, this interdisciplinary collaboration offers significant opportunity to place 3DIcon at the forefront of a revolutionary display technology. As nanotechnology becomes a more mature industry, we hope to exploit it in developing several 3D display and communications systems.”
3DIcon Corporation is a development-stage company whose mission is to create and market full-color, 360-degree 3D technology that is both simple and portable. If successful, such a system could revolutionize or replace all existing forms of electronic communications, including television, telephones, and personal computers. This "next-generation" technology should be well suited for such industries as retail, manufacturing, entertainment, medical, healthcare, and the military.
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