Lightform, previously Lumenous, is a graduate from the EnterpriseWorks incubator. The startup was founded by CS PhD students Brett Jones, Kevin Karsch, and Raj Sodhi at the University of Illinois. In 2014, Lumenous won the 2014 Cozad New Venture Competition that encourages students to develop new sustainable businesses. They have also taken part in NSF I-Corps and I-Start Entrepreneur Assistance Program through the Research Park.
The startup aims to bring projection mapping into your home. Although projection mapping has been around since the late 1960s, the process for creating these experiences has not progressed all that much. Instead of using complicated custom software, 3D scanners, and powerful PCs, Lightform is a small box that can be plugged into any off-the-shelf projector, automatically scan your room, and coat it with digital images and animated textures.