Microsoft To License 3-D Image Technology
Microsoft Corp. plans to license a technology for manipulating three-dimensional images as part of the company's efforts to make more money from its in-house research and development.
Microsoft Corp. plans to license a technology for manipulating three-dimensional
images as part of the company's efforts to make more money from its in-house
research and development.
The "TouchLight" technology being licensed to EON Reality Inc. is
designed to let users physically move images around using their hands.
The technology was developed at Microsoft Research, the arm of the software
maker devoted to cultivating sometimes far-flung ideas that may never make it
into a Microsoft product.
The deal lets EON refine the technology and sell it. The Irvine, Calif.-based
company said it planned to incorporate TouchLight into existing interactive
For example, a car or airplane maker could use the technology to demonstrate
a new product or to provide detailed views of different components.
David Harnett, senior director of Microsoft IP Ventures, said the license is
perpetual as long as certain milestones are met. Specific financial terms were
The deal allows Microsoft to also license the technology to others or use it
in-house for other products.
Harnett said Microsoft has completed between 10 and 15 similar licensing pacts
since launching a division devoted to such deals in May 2005.