QD Vision doesn’t yet have a commercial product, but if its development efforts are successful, it could find itself at the center of a revolution in display technology. Current liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and even cutting-edge organic LED, or OLEDs, are illuminated by electricity-thirsty fluorescent backlights and produce muddy, impure shades of red, green, and blue.

By contrast, QD Vision’s “quantum dots”—tiny semiconductor crystals only a few nanometers in diameter—produce highly pure colors when stimulated by electrons, and require much less electricity in order to glow brightly.