The NVIDIA® GPU Ventures Zone showcases the breadth of innovative companies that leverage the GPU for visual and other computing applications.

Companies within the visual and GPU computing ecosystem:

Avatar Reality
Brainstorm America
Edge3 Technologies
Elemental Technologies
Emergent Game Technologies
Fork Particle
Forterra Systems
Illuminate Labs
Massive Software
Nurien Software
Perceptive Pixel
Pixelux Entertainment
Red Giant Software
Right Hemisphere
Scalable Graphics
Seeing Machines
Sixense Entertainment
Spatial View
Tech-X Corporation
Total Immersion

City House, 126-130 Hills Road
Cambridge CB2 1RE
United Kingdom
+44 (0) 1223 450170
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   Geomerics is an innovation-led company specializing in graphics software for the games industry and beyond. It is built on a combination of advanced in-house IP, a world-class research team, and strong management experience. Geomerics is based in Cambridge, UK, and are building a team that combines many years of management and industry experience with some of the UK's leading researchers.

Geomerics' first product is Enlighten, which radically transforms the way lighting is handled in computer games. Instead of pre-baking the effects of global illumination into the scene, they can now be computed at run time, allowing for fully dynamic lighting which dramatically enhances realism.

30 Broad Street, 42nd Floor
New York, NY 10004
+1 646.414.7330
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   Hanweck is the leading provider of real-time risk analytics on global derivatives markets focusing on the large-scale risk problems of banks, broker/dealers, hedge funds, central counterparties and exchanges – where the number of instruments and positions number in the millions. Hanweck delivers its risk analytics as a real-time service – usually in the form of a data feed – thereby dramatically simplifying integration with its customers' risk architecture. Hanweck's institutional investors include Nasdaq and Argentum, a New York-based private equity firm.

17B, Tower B, IN-DO Mansion, No.48 Jia
Zhichun Road,
Haidian District, Beijing 100098
86 10 58731100
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   HiPiHi World is a China-based but globalized virtual world platform. HiPiHi is developed using proprietary technology that provides residents with a real-time online environment for creation, collaboration, commerce, communication and entertainment. Its open architecture is intended to support various forms of applications for the 3-dimensional (3D) web for both individual and the enterprises. Through active participation on a 3D platform, HiPiHi aims to build upon the foundations of its open technical architecture and real-time online creation tools, in order to foster a 3D virtual world environment for media creation and diverse communities.

223 Queen Street East
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5A 1S2
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   Idée turns complex algorithms into visual search tools, making images and video searchable. The software and services developed by Idée look inside visual content, analyzing the appearance and patterns in the pixels themselves. Idée's software can index and search collections that grow into the billions of assets. Searching is based on appearance rather than using keywords, tags or meta-data.

Idée's unique algorithms and services are used by some of the world's leading firms, including Adobe Systems, Digg, and Associated Press. They are the foundation for the world's first image identification based internet search engine, TinEye.

Given an image to search for, TinEye tells you where and how that image appears all over the web—even if it has been modified.

   Illuminate Labs
Första Långgatan 20
413 28 Gothenburg
+46 (0) 31 7049433
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   Illuminate Labs' lighting solutions, based on the proprietary LiquidLight® technology, are used in many of the most exciting game titles like Aliens (Gearbox), Gran Turismo (Polyphony Digital), Killzone 2 (Guerrilla) Mirror's Edge (EA Dice), Tomb Raider Underworld (Crystal Dynamics) and WET (A2M). The solutions combine state of the art global illumination with an efficient workflow to shorten production time and to reduce cost. Illuminate Labs is a member of Epic Games' Unreal Engine 3 Integrated Partners Program and also Emergent Certified Partner.

  • Turtle™, for Maya by Autodesk, combines advanced rendering technology with sophisticated baking functionality in one integrated toolset.
  • Beast™ is a content pipeline tool used for advanced global illumination and dynamic relighting of characters. Beast has been successfully integrated with Unreal Engine, Gamebryo and several in-house game engines.

   Massive Software
PO Box 5456
Auckland 1141
New Zealand
310.837.7878 / +64 9 303 0030
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   Massive is an AI authoring software utilized by engineers, filmmakers, and other users for creating and visualizing large scale, complex, agent-based simulations. Massive simulations may include agents of any kind, from humans to vehicles, animals, birds or insects. Massive is ideally suited for real world life safety, transportation, environmental planning and urban infrastructure design. Massive Agents™ utilize a fuzzy logic AI "brain" and simulated natural senses of sight, sound, touch, and memory. Agents interpret and react autonomously to the world around them based on what they see and experience, enabling Massive simulations to recreate the complexity and subtleties that characterize real-world interaction with the environment. The intuitive interface of Massive allows artists to define - and interactively fine tune - Massive Agent brains, creating realistic behaviors and results.

500 Airport Blvd., Suite 100
Burlingame, CA 94010
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   metaio designs, develops and markets solutions based on Augmented Reality (AR). This innovative technology allows virtual 3D information to be superimposed seamlessly into the real environment at real-time. With the AR technology many industrial, marketing and mobile projects are done worldwide.

220 Fifth Avenue
20th Floor
New York, NY 10001
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   Milabra is an image and video intelligence service that allows advertisers, publishers and content owners to tap the value of their image inventory.

Using neural network technology for image analysis, Milabra recognizes any type of visual content -- including people, places, and things -- even if it has never seen it before.

Milabra creates universal and descriptive metadata to connect images and viewers with advertising categories. It uses the same metadata to enhance content moderation and enable search. The result is that publishers and content owners can monetize the previously unusable visual media assets.

Easy to use, Milabra, integrates via an industry-standard web services interface. The images are passed to Milabra's image intelligence platform which analyzes visual content at industry-record speeds and returns data for use with existing ad-targeting and content management systems.

7-3-1 Hongo
The University of Tokyo Entrepreneur Plaza 5F
Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033
03 5805 3975
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   Founded in 2004 Morpho, Inc. has licensed advanced imaging software to over two-thirds of the camera enabled mobile phones in Japan. Its deployed software includes image and video stabilization, advanced JPEG viewing with fast zoom, face detection, and high-quality low-processing-overhead solutions for video frame-rate conversion, noise reduction, color normalization, and resolution conversion. In February 2008, Morpho, Inc. announced an investment by Nokia Growth Partners to grow its international business. Morpho, Inc. will continue to develop new and innovative applications making imaging on mobile devices not only easier, but also more enjoyable.

1650 Borel Place, Suite 208
San Mateo, CA 94402
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   MotionDSP isa San Mateo, California-based startup that makes software that dramatically enhances video from a wide range of sources -- from mobile phones to HD cameras. Their patented multi-frame video enhancement technology can dramatically reduce noise, increase resolution, and offers best-in-class stabilization. It ships in twoCUDA-optimized software products: Ikena: forensic software for intelligence and military applications, and vReveal: Windows application for consumer video enhancement, to be released in early March, 2009.

1923 Landings Drive, Building H
Mountain View, CA 94043
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   Founded by a team of Netscape veterans in Mountain View, Calif., Multiverse is building the world's leading network of interactive entertainment, which includes casual games, Massively Multiplayer Online Games, and 3D virtual worlds.

Multiverse provides developers with a comprehensive, pre-coded client-server infrastructure and tools, a wide range of free content — including a complete world for modification — and a built-in market of consumers.

The backbone of the company's technology is its highly scalable, flexible, and extensible server technology. Modular in nature, Multiverse servers are capable of supporting up to 2000 consumer logins per server. The Windows-based tools use the COLLADA data interchange format, to enable artists to import 3D assets from popular tools, such as Maya, 3D Studio Max, and Google SketchUp.

Consumers access this content in many ways, including through the free and downloadable Multiverse World Browser, via standard web browsers running Flash, and through leading social networks.