3D imaging startup gains backing from SK Telecom

March 23, 2015 // By Peter Clarke
Visible-to-IR image sensor startup Dual Aperture International has received a strategic investment of $1.4 million from SK Telecom, joining the previously closed Series A funding round of $5.7 million led by leading Korean venture capital fund, Value Invest Korea.

Dual Aperture International is a joint venture between Dual Aperture Inc. (Palo Alto, Calif.) and Korea's Center for Integrated Smart Sensors (see Visible-to-IR venture gets Korean backing ).

Dual Aperture International said the strategic partnership with SK Telecom is an effort to accelerate development of DAI’s 3D camera technology based on dual aperture four-color (RGB-IR) sensors.

SKT will develop applications and additional use cases for DAI’s 3D image capture, virtual reality and image enhancement technologies.

"SKT is a global technology leader with the size and expertise to accelerate DAI’s product implementation into global industries spanning mobile, medical, security and automotives," said Professor Chong-Min Kyung, CTO of DAI, in a statement.

DAI’s camera technology allows single-sensor cameras to obtain 3D image information and provides multiple functions enabled by its four-color image sensor and proprietary depth estimation algorithm.

SK Telecom established the Creative Economy & Innovation Center in Daejeon, Korea in 2014 – where DAI is based – which is fostering a startup ecosystem based on the technologies and patents from the Daeduck Science Park. DAI will also collaborate with Daejeon Creative Economy Innovation Center of the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, in actively looking for technologies and patents to foster globally competitive startups.

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