Hamilton-based Deep Video Imaging has received another boost with Korean electronics multinational LG.Philips agreeing to supply parts for its 3D screens.
LG.Philips' LCD division has custom-developed TFT-LCD glass panels for use in the computer monitors DVI makes, which create a 3D effect without viewers needing special glasses. The panels will be made at a new $US1 billion LG.Philips plant in Korea.
LG.Philips LCD vice-president Dr Wayne Kim says his firm is impressed with the Waikato-developed technology as it can be used on today's computers without the need for specialist hardware or software.
The DVI screens use LCD technology to stream multiple video signals to a new screen format at different depths. Customers use "touch screen" kiosks to rotate 3D images of products.
Licensed assembly of the DVI monitors has begun in Houston, Texas by Innova Electronics, a display manufacturer.
DVI head Dr Gabriel Engel says the latest deal represents an "affirmation" of DVI technology and brings the company closer to the mass consumer market.
Engel expects his company's annual sales to top $100 million by 2005. He says DVI has relocated to larger premises at its Hamilton airport site, where staff numbers are set to increase from 14 to 22 over the next three to four months.