Light Field Lab, known for its advancements in light-field display technology, successfully completed a Series A funding round, scoring the firm over $28 million in venture capital to manufacture and distribute working products. The investment round was led by Bosch Venture Capital and Taiwania Capital. Light Field Lab hopes to build large scale light-field displays capable of offering a ‘holodeck’-like experience.

At a cursory glance, light-field displays are essentially holographic panels that, as TechCrunch’s Lucas Matney puts it, are akin to advanced 3D TVs. Unlike 3D TVs, however, light-field displays don’t require special glasses to enjoy the ‘3D’ element.

Light Field Lab is the first firm to secure major funding for ongoing light-field tech development since its spiritual predecessor, Lytro, was purchased and subsequently sunsetted by Google, ceasing over 12 years of operations in ‘light-field camera’ development at the end of March 2018.

Initially founded by a group of ex-Lytro employees, Light Field Lab is already notable for having secured $7 million in funding for R&D on light-field displays in January 2018, two months ahead of Lytro’s shuttering.

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“The company aims to bring real-world holographic experiences to life with up to hundreds of gigapixels of resolution, including modular video walls for live event and large-scale installations,” states an official release.

The consumer market isn’t likely to see any such light-field display technology in their homes for some time, in favor of a more immediate focus on creating value within the commercial sector—where location-based entertainment sits directly under the crosshair.

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  • kool

    I can’t wait to work with this kinda tech!

    • Mike

      Well you’re gonna have to – it’s not out yet.

      • kool

        I work with them every now and again but it’s all smoke n mirrors right now.

        • Mike

          So it generates holograms as an optical illusion using smoke and mirrors? Seems somewhat plausible.

          • Ian Shook

            Not quite. It’s brand new tech based on decades old research. Each “pixel” is really a lot of pixels that shows different points of a visual data set (light field). So each pixel is like a tiny window. And when you put thousands of them together, you get a bigger window. As for the OP dreaming of Star Wars holograms, these holograms must be in between the screen and your eye, so it can’t be projected outside of that cone. If that makes sense.

          • Mike

            Yeah I knew it was something like that. I was joking with my last two comments.

  • JesuSaveSouls

    I thought we would have holograms by now like those in starwars…when Princess Leah requested ob1 within that holographic video from r2d2.