TechConnect Innovation Program

SEPIA Displays

Harvard University, Massachusetts, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

SEPIA is a revolutionary display concept that mimics the unique camouflage mechanism of the cuttlefish, ideal for large-area outdoor applications such as digital billboards. The display is reflective, lightweight, mechanically flexible, energy efficient, inexpensive to produce, delivers saturated colors, and can withstand extreme environmental conditions.

Primary Application Area: Electronics, Sensors & Communications

Technology Development Status: Concept

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 3

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: SEPIA’s patent-pending display technology affords the production of a radically cost-reduced, large-area digital sign that circumvents onerous zoning regulations. SEPIA’s inherent technical advantages over a dominant LED technology lower the barrier to entry considerably, allowing market expansion and access to the significant profit potential available through digital signage.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab

National Innovation Awardee

Showcase Booth #: 852

Website: people.seas.harvard.edu/~rdiebold/sepiadisplays.html

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date: National Science Foundation MRSEC [NSF Award # DMR-0820484]
Duration: 9/1/08 – 8/31/14;
Currently Year 6: 9/1/13 – 8/31/14
Award amount: $100,000
Continuation of Phase II.

Primary Sources of Funding: Federal Grant

Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners