The lack of a standard model for streaming 3D data has been identified as an impediment to the use of Field of Light Display (FoLD) systems (also known as Light Field (LF) systems). Third Dimension Technologies (TDT) with sponsorship from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is collaborating with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Insight Media (IM) to develop a standard for streaming 3D visuals to LF displays.
C.E. (Tommy) Thomas Jr., Founder and Chief Technical Officer (CTO), Third Dimension Technologies (TDT)
Dr. Thomas has been working with holography, lasers and electro-optics design for more than 30 years (since 1972). Dr. Thomas holds a PhD in Plasma Physics (holography thesis) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, 1980, and is the inventor of the Holographic Angular Slice 3D Display (HAS3D). Research since 2003 includes development of the HAS3D and research on digital holography as a fast, high-resolution fusion-plasma electron density and plasma facing component erosion diagnostic. Prior to TDT, Dr. Thomas was a co-founder of nLine Corporation where he developed holographic image acquisition technology that allows extremely accurate measurement of semiconductor features to one percent of the laser wavelength used for measurement. More recently, Dr. Thomas has been working with the Air Force Research Lab, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Insight Media on the development of a streaming standard for field of light displays (SMFoLD).