Figure 1: Example image displayed through holographic projector: (Left) Camera focus set on the far dinosaur, (Right) camera focus set on the front dinosaur. Credit: VividQ
Achieving real-time generation of holograms enables the possibility of implementing a dynamic display. Unlike any technology currently available on the market, holographic images are not bound to the surface of the display. Instead, they can physically form within the display, as well as outside the display, right in front of our eyes. The applications of such displays are endless - ranging from computer monitors, to smart glasses and, ultimately, every display application would benefit from becoming holographic.
The team founded VividQ in 2017 and embarked on the mission to introduce holographic displays to the consumer market. Since then, the company has grown from 6 co-founders to over 40 full-time employees, as of October 2021.
In July 2021, VividQ raised a $15M funding round from a number of international investors. The round was led by UTokyo IPC, the investment arm of the University of Tokyo. Other investors included Foresight Williams Technology (UK), Miyako Capital (Japan), APEX Ventures (Austria), R42 Group (Silicon Valley, USA), University of Tokyo Edge Capital (Japan), Sure Valley Ventures (UK) and Essex Innovation (UK).
VividQ also formed a number of strong partnerships to realise its vision. Those include Himax Technologies - manufacturer of microdisplays, iView - supplier of optical modules, TruLife Optics - optical component developer, and ARM - world-leading semiconductor IP company.
To support ambitious goals of VividQ, Andrzej established a dedicated hardware / research team and led it for 3 years as Chief Technology Officer, resulting in the generation of multiple prototypes and hardware IP. With the further growth of the company, he is now leading the research team as Chief Scientist. He coordinates joint research projects with Universities of Cambridge and University College London via the Centre for Doctoral Training in Connected Photonics and Electronics, University of Bournemouth via the Centre for Digital Entertainment, and University of St Andrews.
VividQ is working towards three main applications: Augmented Reality smart glasses, holographic Head-Up Displays for cars, and gaming monitors.
Andrzej’s work is looking into the future of holographic projection by exploring novel device architectures, more efficient computational methods and ensuring that VividQ stays at the forefront of world’s research. One stream of his work explores increasing realism of holographic images by incorporating advanced effects from computer graphics. Recent publication on this topic, “Enabling Reflective & Refractive Depth Representation in Computer-Generated Holography“, has been presented at ACM SIGGRAPH 2021, the most prestigious event in computer graphics. Aaron Demolder, the first author and the researcher Andrzej supervises, has won the first prize in the Student Research Competition.
VividQ is always looking to attract like-minded people to help us realise our great vision of introducing holography to the mass consumer market. Current job openings can be found on the VividQ careers page. If you believe that you can help us realise our vision, even though we may not have open positions, we’ll make sure to find a way of working together!
Learn more about Andrzej’s work at www.drAndrzejKa.com or about VividQ at www.vivid-q.com