The Hamburg-based company’s glasses-free 3D display technology convinced the jury members, among them physicist and Nobel laureate Prof. Dr. Gerd Binnig and Cornelia Rudloff-Schaeffer, president of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office. The winners in the three categories Large Enterprises, Medium-sized Enterprises and Small Enterprises and Start-ups were announced at a black-tie event in Munich on April 26th in the presence of the patron, Federal Minister of Economics and Technology Dr. Philipp Roesler.
“The German Innovation Award is an incredible achievement for SeeFront. To join the ranks of companies like BMW and Bosch on the shortlist in itself was an honor for us. To actually win the award lends added support to our growth plans”, said SeeFront’s founder and CEO Christoph Grossmann.
This year SeeFront takes the strategic leap from a technology provider and licensor role to becoming a 3D display manufacturer. Additionally, SeeFront is seeking external funding to expand its international business to new markets and to bring its own 3D monitor product to the market.
Jury member Dr. Klaus Engel, CEO of Evonik Industries AG, explained the jury’s decision in his laudatory speech: “3D displays known today have a crucial weakness: Users can view videos and images in high quality only with cumbersome special eyewear. SeeFront has found a convincing answer for this. The possibility of retrofitting displays of different sizes with this technology opens up a range of applications for this invention.”
In May SeeFront will launch the company’s first display product, a 23’’ 3D display for integration into OEM products, at SID Display Week in Vancouver. Serial production by an experienced assembler will start in late 2013; a first major order has already been placed by an OEM customer.