gI_104775_Zebra Imaging logoZebra Imaging, which specializes in 3d holographic visualization technology, Wednesday announced it has acquired Austin-based Rattan Software, a research and development firm.

Austin-based Zebra Imaging reports the acquisition will accelerate its ability to leverage advanced 3D light-field technology in upcoming holographic display products. Zebra Imaging develops 3D digital holographic images, hologram imagers and interactive 3D displays for government and commercial use. Rattan will continue to operate as its own brand as a wholly owned subsidiary of Zebra Imaging.

“With Rattan’s expertise, Zebra will be able to bring more depth, quality and focal clarity to our 3D Dynamic Light-Field display product lines,” Chuck Scullion, Zebra President and CEO, said in a news release. “The display industry is naturally moving towards glass-free technologies, this acquisition helps position Zebra right in the middle of all that action. We are very happy they are coming on board.”

Graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Laboratory founded Zebra Imaging in 1996. The company has raised $24.5 million in venture capital in five rounds, according to its CrunchBase profile.

Rattan, founded in 2012, works with clients involved in virtual reality, semiconductor, and military applications. Its customers include Virtuix Omni, Samsung, and the Air Force Research Laboratory.

“We want to push the realms of possibility for 3D holographic light-field displays,” Amy Lessner, President of Rattan Software, said in a news release.“By joining the Zebra team, we can accelerate those objectives with a company that not only developed the world-leading Zebra Motion Display (ZMD) system, but has 50 patents issued or pending on holography and dynamic LFD’s. The applications are endless. Zebra is the only company in the world to have achieved true 3D 360-degree dynamic displays, with four installed prototypes in research labs today. We are very excited about the detailed Gen2 design, which has already received government funding, and we look forward to accelerating this system to market.”