Light Field Lab, Inc., a company developing holographic display technologies, has closed a $28 million Series A financing led by Bosch Venture Capital and Taiwania Capital with strategic investment from Samsung Ventures, Verizon Ventures, Comcast, Liberty Global Ventures, NTT Docomo Ventures, Inc. and HELLA Ventures, with financial investors Khosla Ventures, Alumni Ventures Group, R7 Partners, and Acme Capital.
Light Field Lab will use the funds to scale its display technology from prototype to product, enabling holographic objects to float in space without head-mounted accessories. The company aims to bring real-world holographic experiences to life with up to hundreds of gigapixels of resolution, including modular video walls for live event and large-scale installations. Ingo Ramesohl, managing director of Bosch Venture Capital commented, “Light Field Lab’s holographic display technologies enable entirely new business opportunities across consumer and enterprise markets. Light Field Lab has the leadership and technical expertise to bring this vision of the holographic future to life.”
Although Light Field Lab will initially target large-format, location-based entertainment venues, a version of its holographic technologies will ultimately be developed for the consumer market. These partnerships pave the path forward toward widespread industry adoption and market expansion with strategic investors excited to participate in the holographic ecosystem.
“Light Field Lab’s holographic displays are the most exciting new technology we have seen in the entertainment space to date,” said Ankur Prakash, VP Liberty Global Ventures. “We are thrilled to meaningfully participate in their Series A and are well positioned to help them align with the industry’s top content creators to accelerate holographic media distribution on next-generation networks.”
In addition to holographic displays, Light Field Lab’s technology includes the hardware and software platform required for content distribution. According to Kristina Serafim, investment director, Verizon Ventures, “Verizon’s new 5G network features the high bandwidth, low latency, speed, and throughput to deliver next-generation content. Light Field Lab's innovative solution will help build the 5G future for Verizon's consumer, business, network, and media customers."
“The industry response has been extremely enthusiastic as demonstrated by the strength of our investors,” said Jon Karafin, CEO, Light Field Lab. “We look forward to working with our syndicate of manufacturing, content creation, and distribution partners to uncover opportunities and alliances across a range of vertical markets as we take our technology to the next phase.”