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15 October 2018

NTT DOCOMO Ventures invests in QD Laser

© Semiconductor Today Magazine / Juno PublishiPicture: Disco’s DAL7440 KABRA laser saw.

Tokyo-based NTT DOCOMO Ventures Inc has invested in QD Laser Inc of Kawasaki City, Kanagawa, Japan, which develops and manufactures semiconductor lasers, retinal scanning laser eyewear, and other products based on quantum dot laser technology.

QD Laser was founded in 2006 as an offshoot of Fujitsu Ltd with funding from Mitsui Ventures. By leveraging its nanocrystal technology, it achieved mass production of quantum dot lasers capable of operating stably even at high temperature.

In 2018, QD Laser applied its technology to incorporate a compact laser projector with extremely small output into a spectacle-type device, and commercialized what was claimed to be the first retinal scanning laser eyewear that directly projects an image onto the user’s retina for image display. The technology for projecting a direct image onto the retina using a laser does not require the user to focus their eyes to see an image, so it is expected to improve the quality of life of patients with ametropia or corneal opacity and weak-sighted individuals.

The technology can also be applied to realizing natural-looking augmented reality (AR) that people with normal vision can experience.

NTT Group says that it has high expectations for the potential of the retinal scanning laser eyewear developed by QD Laser for resolving various social issues and contributing to creating new services through AR.

Tags: QD Laser

Visit: www.qdlaser.com

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