Innovators: Gene Dolgoff, Inventor of the Holodeck

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Innovators. They come in many forms. They dream big but they aren’t just dreamers. They form raw ideas into cool products with disruptive business models. They shatter entire industries and leave established leviathans running scared with their tails between their legs. The Innovators interview series connects you with the most driven people on the planet. What makes them tick? What advice do they have for tech founders? What tools do they use to get the job done? Read on to find out.

Gene Dolgoff has over 50 years of extensive experience as an innovator and entrepreneur in electronics, optics, holography, lenticular, stereoscopic, and other forms of 3-D imaging & displays. He began his career at the City College of New York, where he majored in Physics, Mathematics, and Electrical Engineering, and minored in physiological-psychology.

He has been changing the way the world watches TV since he invented the first LCD projector in 1984 and has received several worldwide patents on digital video projection technologies, including optical de-pixelization, optical brightness enhancement, and thin-profile video projection systems, which have been licensed to Panasonic, Samsung, Radio Shack, and other high-profile technology retail outlets. His holographic presentation of ‘matter hologram technology’ to Gene Roddenberry inspired the Star Trek Holodeck in 1973.

In the 1990s, Dolgoff continued his work by winning a contract from the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to demonstrate the application of his digital projection technologies to HDTV. He has been selected to be on the American Electronics Association (AEA) High-Definition TV Task Force and National Association of Photographic Manufacturers (NAPM) Standards Subcommittee.

Gene has been featured on several radio and television broadcasts, most recently providing the technology behind Rachael Ray’s 3-D Halloween Special, which provided FullColor 3D glasses were to 2.4 million people through TV Guide’s October issue.

Gene’s latest venture 3-D Vision, Inc. was formed in 2000 and is based in New York. His current project, 3-D Vision, is being launched via crowdfunding platform Fundable.com. 3-D Vision functions as a content converter through any HDMI or VGA cable connection. Any film, video game, or television show, regardless of when it was created can be seen with an added dimension on any device with an HDMI or VGA port. Gene seeks to make 3-D technology more consumer-friendly by offering 3-D Vision at an affordable price and creating unlimited 3-D viewing content.

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