The investment will be used to fund the commercialisation of 3D HXR gigapixel technology for a wide range of emerging applications.
Swave Photonics is a spin-off of imec and Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
Imec.xpand, a value-add venture capital fund focused on nanotechnology innovations, and Flanders Future Techfund (FFTF), a Belgian/Flemish public investment fund, are co-leading the seed round. QBIC, a Belgian inter-university venture capital fund, is also participating.
Swave’s Holographic eXtended Reality (HXR) technology delivers high-resolution 3D images that are viewable with the naked eye, with no compromises.
HXR technology claims to enable realistic 20/20 vision without requiring viewers to wear smart AR/VR headsets or prescription glasses.
The technology projects lifelike holographic images that eliminate today’s AR/VR/XR challenges of focal depth and eye tracking, so viewers can easily focus on nearby and faraway objects.
Most importantly, the HXR chips are manufactured using standard CMOS technology, which enables cost-effective scaling.
Leveraging advances in photonics and holography based on diffractive optics, Swave’s HXR gigapixel technology targets metaverse platforms, 360-degree holographic walls, 3D gaming, AR/VR/XR glasses, collaborative video conferencing, and heads-up displays for automotive and aerospace systems.
The technology can also power holographic headsets that deliver immersive 3D AR/VR/XR experiences with stunning high resolution, perfect depth of focus and 180-degree to 360-degree viewing angles, all without the headaches experienced by users of conventional headsets.
Applications powered by HXR gigapixel technology will be capable of passing the visual Turing test in which virtual reality is practically indistinguishable from real-world images that humans see with their own eyes.
Swave’s HXR gigapixel technology will play a key role in the future of work by enabling people everywhere to engage in immersive video conferences while working remotely.
Swave plans to partner with leading AR/VR/XR and metaverse platforms, so companies can have a shared, lifelike 3D experience of meeting around a conference table.
Swave is expanding its management and engineering teams and hiring in key areas. Visit swave.io to learn more about career opportunities.