Six D Studios to Market NASA Ames
April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Six D, Inc., announced today that it has obtained the license to
market a unique image compression technology developed at NASA. Six D becomes the first
company in the United States to acquire a Patent License Agreement from the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration to commercialize NASA's DCTune technology.
DCTune is a technology for optimizing still image
compression; the result is a greatly reduced file size with no perceptible loss of image
quality. DCTune calculates the best quantization matrices to achieve the maximum possible
compression for a specified perceptual error, given a particular image and a particular
set of viewing conditions. In DCTune, a target perceptual error of 1.0 means that for the
specified viewing conditions the compressed image is perceptually lossless, that is, it
will appear exactly the same as the original uncompressed image.
``This is a tremendous opportunity for Six D to expand its
marketing operations internationally and flex our development muscle in the software
arena,'' said Kelly O'Connor, chief operating officer of Six D. ``Hawaii is an excellent
location to operate from, and we hope to become a big part of expanding the State's role
as a marketing center for Dual Use technologies.''
Dual Use generally refers to technologies developed under
federal government programs that have been released to private sector partners for
commercial applications. According to O'Connor, ``Technology evolves so quickly, and the
need for cost savings in government is so pressing, that exciting new innovations are
constantly being moved into the private sector through licensing for commercial use.''
Six D is best known for its support of Global 2000
company's marketing efforts involving the use of advanced communications and multimedia
products. It develops propriety Internet and computer enhanced sales and marketing
solutions for its clients and also as stand-alone software products. ``NASA has offered us
a way to add substantial technologies to our inventory at a fraction of what it would cost
to develop them,'' noted O'Connor. ``This gives us a significant offering for those
looking to reduce bandwidth and storage requirements worldwide.''
About Six D
Six D is an award-winning digital media development firm
headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii, developing a wide range of custom marketing, training
and web solutions for select Global 2000 and emerging growth companies. They specialize in
high-impact new media deliverables (including CD-Rom DVD, eCommerce, video and web) that
enhance their clients' ability to communicate, interact, work and grow. Their custom
software solutions help market clients' products more efficiently and cost-effectively.
For more information, contact Kelly O'Connor at 808-537-1112 or visit www.sixd.com.
About DCTune technology
- Accurate specification of visual quality. DCTune
incorporates a scale that relates directly to perceptual quality. A value of 1 indicates
perceptually lossless quality.
- Custom quantization matrices optimized for
specific applications (printing, web, web-tv, medical imaging, tv, video, dv, digital tv,
- Reduced file size. For a given level of visual
quality, DCTune will produce a smaller file than standard compression methods.
- Accurate measurement of perceptual error in