Okla. company developing silica aerogels, nanostructures for 3D visual images

Nov. 8, 2006 — 3DIcon Corp., a Tulsa, Okla., development-stage communications technology company, announced 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 marketing rights for any commercialization of this intellectual property.

“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, in a prepared statement. “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.


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