3DeWitt's mission is to commercialize the patents in 3D optics of its founder, Thomas Ditto. 3DeWitt LLC was spun off from its parent, DeWitt Brothers Tool Company, Inc. in 2009 with seed capitalization and took over research underwritten by the National Science Foundation.
New technologies have converged to create a new marketplace for 3D. Inexpensive computers have become ubiquitous with unprecedented power to calculate and display imagery in 3D. However, without a complementary means to see in 3D, a computer is blind to the third dimension. Diffractive optics, once the preserve of high end spectroscopy laboratories and astronomical observatories, are now minted in polycarbonate plastic for the cost of their embossing, typically pennies. By joining the confluence of powerful computers and inexpensive optics, 3DeWitt is poised to trigger a revolution in 3D vision. 3DeWitt has patents on solutions that can fill a billion dollar marketplace for 3D acquisition instruments such as cameras, localizers, and graphical input devices.
Tom DeWitt enjoyed a meteoric career in the fine arts. In 1999 the Whitney Museum of American Art named him as one of the most influential American artists of the twentieth century for work in experimental film. Honors have included three Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), two Fellowships from the Creative Artist Public Service Program, an American Film Institute Fellowship and a coveted Guggenheim Fellowship in 1978. artist vitae
Tom is also the inventor of the process of motion capture, first using his Pantomation system in 1976. He established the Video Synthesis Lab at WRPI in 1978 and conducted motion capture workshops at RPI on grants from the NYS Council on the Arts and the NEA. His pioneering work in the field was shown in Paris in 1983 where he used an Apple II computer. Pantomation
Changing his surname to Ditto when he married the artist/astronomer, Beverly Botto, Tom's creative talent then turned to optics. In 2001 he invented what is arguably the first new astronomical telescope since the seventeenth century and was made a Fellow of the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts. Today he is a Principal Investigator for the National Science Foundation. Tom Ditto's blog