Energy savings easy to see with Los Gatos firm’s 3-D TV
by Mary Duan
A 3-D television set that uses less energy may appear on Christmas wish lists next year.
HDi Ltd. in September debuted the prototype of its patented, laser-driven 100-inch diagonal 2-D/3-D projection television technology, drawing the comment that “without a doubt, this is the best demonstration of 3-D technology I have ever seen” from Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak. That compliment was followed by an invitation from Intel Corp. Chief Technology Officer Justin Rattner to present at the Intel Developer Forum during Rattner’s keynote on the future of television.
The Los Gatos-based company this month took the leap from prototype to reality when it partnered with a manufacturer in China to build the first versions of its television. A handful of units should be available by May. HDi hopes to have full-scale production running in time for Christmas next year.
The company was bootstrapped by co-founder and CEO Ingemar Jansson, a display industry veteran who invested $5 million. Jansson bought the intellectual property from Fremont-based Microdisplay Corp. that went bust in 2007 after $50 million in funding. HDi employs 10 and is on University Avenue.
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