Company

SeeFront develops customer-specific OEM 3D display solutions and licenses its unique technology for the design of autostereoscopic 3D displays. Among SeeFront’s customers are renowned companies from automotive, medical, consumer electronics and entertainment industries. The unique SeeFront 3D Technology is protected by several patents (granted and pending).

SeeFront GmbH was founded in 2006 by German engineer Christoph Grossmann in Hamburg. In 2015 the company outgrew its former office in the city center of Hamburg and moved to its current premises in Hammerbrook (City Süd) that allow for further growth.

More than 90% of SeeFront’s shares are either owned or controlled by the founder.

Founder & CEO

What does it take for a person’s brain to create a 3D image when this person is looking at two flat images? Fascinated by the “View-Master” toy as a boy, Christoph Grossmann resumed his quest for an answer when 3D became popular again with the “Magic Eye” books in the 1990ies. He started to wonder why there was no 3D display available to view 3D content in high-resolution without the cumbersome 3D glasses. These questions of a scientific mind coupled with an entrepreneurial spirit led to a unique technological solution and one of the most exciting 3D ventures around these days.

 

Christoph Grossmann took up studies in mathematics, physics and computer science before switching to the field of architecture and engineering where he received his degree. For many years he successfully worked as an architect.

In 2006 he founded SeeFront and concentrated on the development and marketing of his glasses-free 3D technology. Christoph Grossmann holds a number of patents in the field of 3D technology. He has given talks and presentations at several international conferences.

SeeFront at CeBIT 2010

History

Pre-History: 1995-2006

SeeFront’s history begins way before the founding of the company in 2006. Already in 1995 founder Christoph Grossmann files his first patent application in the field of 3D display technology with more to follow. In 2002 the Hamburg Innovation Fund grants Christoph Grossmann € 100,000 for R&D activities in the field of 3D display technology. In the same year he exhibits the first functional 3D display prototype at the “Start-up Park” of SIGGRAPH in San Antonio, Texas. While this prototype was a very rough study compared to later product stages, the principle of 3D without glasses and freedom of movement was already appreciated by many booth visitors. In 2004 Christoph Grossmann is invited to give the keynote speech at a 3D Symposium hosted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering in Jena. A perpetual collaboration with German Aerospace Institute (DLR) is started in the same year.

SeeFront’s first steps: 2006-2010

In 2006 Christoph Grossmann founds SeeFront GmbH in Hamburg. Soon after this, SeeFront exhibits a new prototype at SIGGRAPH in Boston, Massachusetts. The following year SeeFront conducts first market activities together with Toronto-based Spatial View, Inc. At 2008 NVISION conference in San Jose, California, SeeFront showcases a 3D video player based on the nVidia Tegra platform. In the same year SeeFront is invited to be a member of the MiroSurge research consortium, providing a glasses-free 3D display for the prototype of a surgery-assistance system. In 2010 SeeFront unveils a glasses-free 3D notebook based on a MacBook Pro 17” at SD&A conference in San Jose, California. Shown two months later at CeBIT in Hannover, SeeFront 3D displays receive media attention as well as customer interest.

3D technology leader: 2011 and beyond

In 2011 SeeFront moves to larger premises in the city center of Hamburg. CyberLink and SeeFront announce a strategic partnership for glasses-free 3D playback of 3D Blu-ray media on laptop computers. Sony launches a detachable 3D accessory for Vaio S-series notebooks at IFA 2011 in Berlin and receives the CEATEC Japan Innovation Award for this product one month later. At IAA in Frankfurt Daimler unveils the research car Mercedes F 125! with a 3D dashboard cluster instrument based on SeeFront 3D Technology.

In 2012 SeeFront partners with Tobii Technology AB, world leader in eye-control technology, to showcase a stunning exhibit at CeBIT: The arcade game Tobii 3D EyeAsteroids™ draws the crowds. The player gets to save planet Earth in 3D without lifting a finger (or wearing 3D glasses), shattering 3-dimensional asteroids in space by merely looking at them. SeeFront receives the Innovation Award IT in the Entertainment/3D category at CeBIT and gets recognition as “Selected Landmark 2012” in the “365 Landmarks in the Land of Ideas” competition. Hamburg’s Senator for Economy, Traffic and Innovation, Frank Horch gave a congratulatory speech at the Award Ceremony at SeeFront’s office.

SeeFront wins the German Innovation Award 2013 in the Small Enterprises and Start-ups category. In May 2013 SeeFront exhibits the company's first 3D display hardware at SID Display Week in Vancouver. In September, SPIELO/GTECH launch their new Sphinx 3D slot machine at Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas. The game features a 23'' OEM 3D display custom-designed for SPIELO by SeeFront.

Partners

  • 3IT - Innovation Center for Immersive Imaging Technologies

    SeeFront is partner of the Innovation Center for Immersive Imaging Technologies (3IT) in Berlin. The 3IT offers companies and research institutes working in the field of 3D production, 3D content and 3D distribution a platform to exchange views, build contacts, to put products and systems to the test and present them jointly to a diversity of target audiences. The 3IT was founded 2012 under the name of 3D Innovation Center (3DIC) and changed its name in 2014.

  • CyberLink Corp.

    CyberLink and SeeFront announced a strategic partnership in 2011 for glasses-free stereo 3D Blu-ray playback on laptops and desktop PCs with PowerDVD.

  • Daimler AG

    Daimler partnered with SeeFront to develop the autostereoscopic 3D cluster instrument for the research car F 125! featured in the year of Daimler’s 125th anniversary.

  • German Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics

  • University of Bonn, Department of Psychology

    Scientists of the University of Bonn use a SeeFront 3D display for a research project with babies aged 6 to 16 weeks (“Säuglingsstudie”).  The goal of the empirical study is to learn more about how babies develop binocular vision in the first months of their lives. The project is funded by DFG, Germany’s largest research funding organization.

  • Zentrales Innovationsprogramm Mittelstand (ZIM)

    Since 2008 ZIM has been the central instrument of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology to promote market-oriented technological innovation of SME. Two of SeeFront’s projects received funding within this program.

     

Job Opportunities

SeeFront plans to expand its product portfolio. We are seeking highly skilled software engineers and hardware developers who are interested in working in a highly innovative environment. 

You are proficient in C/C++ and development with Qt and STL as well as Windows and Linux. You have experience in at least one of these fields: embedded hardware/FPGA, graphics programming, image processing. Knowledge of stereoscopy and project management is a plus. 

Please send your resume and cover letter in German or English to jobs@seefront.com.

Please note that SeeFront has many international customers, suppliers and partners. This is why we expect all SeeFront employees to have good knowledge of English as well as German.