In December 2010 the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted CSpace® U.S. patent #7,858,913. The patent strategically positions the company to lead the emergence and commercialization of volumetric 3D display technology.
In September 2012 the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted a new patent (U.S. patent #8,247,755) to the University of Oklahoma titled “3D Volumetric Display.” 3DIcon has an exclusive license to that patent, and all patents developed with OU, under a technology license agreement with the University.
CSpace is a unique 3D display technology that is being designed to produce high-resolution full-color, true 3D images. The CSpace Lab Prototype 2 was completed in October of 2012 and we began the development of our final laboratory prototype, Lab Proto 3, in November of 2012.
The display does not require special viewing aids or glasses, does not cause viewer fatigue during prolonged use, and is capable of producing surface rendered solid looking or translucent images for viewing inside of objects, such as human organs, cargo containers, baggage, ocean or terrain features, or troop carriers, all of which are beyond the visualization capabilities of current display technologies. Our CSpace technology delivers a true 3D image without the need to rotate the entire display or projection screen as required with most other volumetric display technologies.
Displays based on CSpace have potential applications in such fields as medical imaging (CT, MRI, x-Ray, 3D ultrasound), passenger, baggage and cargo scanning, military performance-mission planning, tactical awareness, decision support, and post engagement assessment-engineering, geospatial exploration, education and training applications, entertainment applications (video games), air traffic control systems, space transportation systems, and earth science research.
For example, CSpace provides volume rendering of the surface and interior of any human organ, which could increase the effectiveness of real-time imaging systems such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) that are central to future medical care and research. Other types of 3D displays can render surface objects but are unable to show an interior view; those displays would not be effective in applications that require rendering of object interiors such as medical images, cargo scanning for homeland security, and others.