Right Hemisphere Technology Incubator Takes Shape in Auckland, Appoints VR Expert Dr. Roy Davies to Head

Auckland, New Zealand - January 15, 2007 - Right Hemisphere®, the leading
provider of Product Graphics Management (PGM) software, has appointed Kiwi
virtual reality expert Dr. Roy Davies to manage a new technology development
lab it is creating in Auckland called Nextspace. An extensively published
and world-renowned expert on the subject of virtual reality, Dr. Davies
returns home to New Zealand from Sweden where he established a
research-focused virtual reality centre from the ground up at the University
of Lund.

After completing his Master of Science degree with first class honours at
the University of Auckland, Dr. Davies lectured in Computer Studies at the
then Auckland Institute of Technology. In 1995, Dr. Davies left New Zealand
and carried out significant research in virtual reality and associate
technology at the University of Lund, Sweden, where he was also awarded his

Nextspace is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Right Hemisphere and not-for
profit organisation slated to open for business later in the year.
Nextspace will conduct research and development but will also have a more
commercial dimension, bringing together technologies to create commercial
applications and potential new 3D graphic communication products and
solutions. The company will seek to establish close links with both New
Zealand universities and other research organisations.

"Nextspace aims to make graphical communications technology a major industry
and export for New Zealand," said Dr. Davies.

Nextspace has already established a relationship with the New Zealand
Supercomputer Centre (NZSC) to access the supercomputing resources necessary
to support its programme. Dr. Davies said Nextspace's collaboration with
the NZSC would also allow Nextspace users to gain easy access to processing
capabilities for important calculations, simulations or time-critical

Right Hemisphere established Nextspace as part of its commitment to the New
Zealand government for a U.S. $8 million loan it received last September.
Part of the government's loan agreement provided for Right Hemisphere to
lead research and development initiatives associated with its technology to
foster a New Zealand 'cluster' in imaging and 3D graphics technologies.

Nextspace will operate a visual communication centre to assist ventures
develop and commercialise business opportunities utilising Right Hemisphere's
Product Graphics Management platform. This will include an "Inspiration
Shed" consisting of high-end, big-screen visualisation and interaction tools
for use with commercial applications.

Dr. Davies said that, in addition to its collaboration with the NZSC,
Nextspace would also work closely with KAREN - the Kiwi Advanced Research &
Education Network - to connect to research and innovation partners
throughout New Zealand and around the world. KAREN is maintained by REANNZ
(the Research and Education Advanced Network New Zealand Ltd), a Crown-owned
company established to own and operate a high-speed telecommunications
network for the research and education sectors.

"Nextspace is a great opportunity to push the boundaries of 3D visualisation
technology and bring New Zealand to the forefront of the new wave of ICT
applications," said Dr. Davies.

Right Hemisphere President and CTO Mark Thomas said Nextspace offered an
exciting environment in which to collaborate on research and commercial

"Graphics technologies are key to global communications as more and more
companies operate and compete globally. Nextspace is designed to connect
New Zealand innovation with a global customer base and provide a platform
for development of any graphically oriented IT or business solution," said
Mr. Thomas. "We expect collaborations with Nextspace to provide a direct
path to Right Hemisphere's top automotive and aerospace customers or to
simply provide a technology platform second to none for graphics software

About Nextspace
Nextspace is a not-for-profit company established by Right Hemisphere to
operate a Virtual Reality Centre in Auckland that will enable research and
development, and commercial collaboration between New Zealand technology
researchers and firms, especially in the area of 3D visualization and
imaging. Nextspace has been designed to connect New Zealand innovation with
a global customer base to provide a platform for development of any
graphically oriented IT or business solution. Nextspace aims to enable New
Zealand organizations to concentrate on solving high level, graphically
oriented, business problems rather than low-level graphics coding problems.
These solutions will, where appropriate, utilise Right Hemisphere's Graphics
Management System.

About Right Hemisphere
Right Hemisphere is the leading provider of Product Graphics Management
(PGM) software, a new category of enterprise software. PGM enables
manufacturers to globally source, sell, and service products more
effectively by delivering the right 2D and 3D product graphics, in the right
format across their extended enterprises, all from accurate, up-to-date
engineering data readily available in current CAD and PDM systems. Only
Right Hemisphere lets you capitalize on your existing investments in 3D CAD
and multimedia communications, while replacing today's manual product
communications processes. With Right Hemisphere you can turn your product
communications such as RFQs, catalogs, manuals, courseware, collateral,
IETMs, and more, into competitive advantage. Over 500 innovative
manufacturers, including five of the top six automotive OEMs and nine of the
top 10 U.S. aerospace and defense contractors rely on Right Hemisphere to
dramatically accelerate time to market, increase product and services
revenues, and lower product communications costs. Founded in 1997, Right
Hemisphere is a privately-held, venture-funded corporation based in Silicon
Valley and Auckland, New Zealand. For more information please visit

About The New Zealand Supercomputer Centre
The NZSC is a computing on demand facility managed by Gen-i utilising
processing capacity from both Weta Digital and Gen-i. Gen-i helps customers
generate greater value from their IT and telecommunications spend, while
managing the transition from legacy networks and systems to converged
technologies that will meet your business needs today and beyond. Gen-i's
full suite of IT services, technical strength and expertise, along with
Telecom's infrastructure and communications capability combine to deliver
innovative ICT solutions. Based in 15 locations across New Zealand and
Australia, Gen-i provides services and solutions to over 3000 corporate,
government and business clients in both countries.

REANNZ (Research and Education Advanced Network New Zealand Ltd) is the
Crown-owned company set up to establish, own and operate a high-speed
telecommunications network for the research and education sectors. It
supplies high-capacity, high-speed interconnections between research and
education institutions (and organisations associated with them in New
Zealand) and with overseas counterparts.

Media Contacts:

Dr. Roy Davies, Nextspace Business Manager, 021 795294,
Email Contact

Mark Thomas, President, Right Hemisphere, 09 379 4654,
Email Contact

Scott Houston, Manager of NZSC, 04 382 5615, Email Contact

Donald Clark, Chief Executive of REANNZ, 04 913 1090,
Email Contact

Susan Austin, U.S. PR Manager, Right Hemisphere , 00 1 408 266 2322,
Email Contact

Review Article
  • October 09, 2008
    Reviewed by 'Movie Workshop Ltd'
    I am totally stoked! Having just lodged a provisional patent for 3D imaging, and desperately trying to find some body in good old Kiwi land with the technical & commercial nous to take it all the way - this is a penny (or two) from heaven! I didn't know Nextspace existed a week ago. Nor did I know of a Dr Davies who is into virtual reality & wants to explore the commercial export potential of the "number 8 wire boys" from his home land. Good on you Dr. Davies. Good on you Right Hemisphere. Good on the NZ guvamunt. & Go the all Blacks!

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