3DIcon Achieves Historic Breakthrough in 3D Imaging

3DIcon Achieves Historic Breakthrough in 3D Imaging


USA – 3DIcon Corporation today announced the completion of a working prototype of its proprietary three-dimensional display system CSpace. With CSpace, 3DIcon’s scientific team has created one-color volumetric 3D images that can be viewed from any angle without viewing aids. CSpace can project virtually any object in three dimensions, in an instant.
CSpace has achieved four significant breakthroughs in the history of 3D displays, including:

  • the first 360-degree static volumetric 3D display;
  • the first 3D display that does not have mechanical/moving parts;
  • a unique system designed for scalability, making the technology suitable for a wide range of applications; and
  • the highest resolution of any 3D technology, capable of rendering up to eight times the voxels (800 million) compared to other volumetric 3D technologies and resulting in an increase in resolution comparable to that of today’s high-definition televisions versus the early tube televisions.

“We stated that we would deliver a working prototype for rendering a 3D image in a static volume space by the end of 2008. We have achieved this major breakthrough,” stated 3DIcon chairman and CEO Martin Keating. “We have begun talks with potential sub-licensing partners and hope to conclude licensing agreements.”

3D display has been proven to improve accuracy and decrease human error significantly in mission-critical applications. CSpace opens multi-billion-dollar markets to the benefits of 3D display including military and homeland security needs, life-saving applications in medical diagnostics, geospatial applications for air traffic control and oil and gas exploration, as well as addressing large markets in entertainment, gaming and advertising.

Vivek Bhaman, 3DIcon’s president and chief operating officer, said, “The world is now one giant step closer to utilizing true 3D displays in applications in essentially all spheres where two-dimensional displays have been the standard.”

Dr. Hakki Refai, 3DIcon’s chief technology officer and inventor of CSpace, commented, “What makes CSpace widely adoptable is the fact that it is the first 360-degree volumetric technology that is non-mechanical. The first generation of TVs was mechanical and could never be commercialized. The wide adoption of television started only when the non-mechanical TV was invented. CSpace brings the same quantum leap to 3D technology.”

“The unique design of our CSpace system, which uses Texas Instruments’ microchip DMD (Digital Micromirror Device) technology, far surpasses other 3D display systems in its capacity for widespread acceptability and continuous improvement,” added Bhaman. “The same micromirror technology is at the heart of DLP® systems and is improving exponentially in processing power and resolution while decreasing in size and price. This gives our technology a huge advantage as it moves into the future.”

CSpace is capable of creating 3D images from virtually any industry-standard 3D visualization program including a variety of popular CAD programs, 3ds Max, and the popular Google SketchUp®. Designed as an extremely flexible system, CSpace is also compatible with Sony’s GLV technology, which can be used to create large format outdoor laser displays.

The company’s next technology milestone is demonstrating scalability by increasing the image space to four times the current volume in this prototype. Other upcoming milestones include further improving CSpace’s render rates to create moving images, as well as displaying additional colors.

3DIcon’s proprietary CSpace Volumetric Display System is a static-volume 3D display technology that does not require any special viewing aids like glasses. The system uses a clear volumetric image space, which serves as a 3D screen. The image space used in this prototype is a crystalline matrix with rare-earth up-conversion material. A 3D image is created when invisible laser beams are directed into the image space, exciting the up-conversion materials to create visible light and thus display a volumetric image.

This prototype displays a one-color green image in three dimensions.