January 5th, 2015
by Dawn Goetter
As we enter into a new year, it is usually associated with new beginnings. At MicroVision we are excited at the prospects that 2015 holds, but for us new developments that come forward this year are a continuation of events that have been in motion for some time. Right out of the gate, the world’s first HD laser pico projectors were announced today at the 2015 International CES. We are extremely pleased to say that they incorporate PicoP® display technology. The two projectors, PicoPro and PicoAir, are being launched by Celluon, a company that specializes in consumer products that enhance mobile experiences using lasers. We have been collaborating with Celluon on the design of these products since CES last year and couldn’t be happier with the announcement today that introduces these revolutionary products to the world.
PicoPro and PicoAir have the benefits associated with PicoP display technology that are the right combination for mobility:
• HD, always in focus images
• Compact, slim, and light design
• Long battery life
• High contrast ratio, vivid colors with enhanced perceived brightness of lasers.
We look forward to following Celluon’s story as consumers discover the big screen experience these pico projectors create from a compact, smartphone-sized device with HD, always-in-focus images up to 250 inches. With Facebook users watching nearly 1 billion videos per day via mobile and YouTube reporting that nearly 50% of its views now come from mobile, there is no shortage of content for people to enjoy with a bigger screen than they are getting today on a smartphone or tablet.
We will be busy ourselves at CES with private meetings in our suites right next to the main show floor. We have a packed schedule as we continue our business development activities to evangelize the benefits of PicoP display technology and to connect OEMs with partners who are developing display engines incorporating our technology.
September 16th, 2013
by Dawn Goetter
Dale Zimmerman knows this better than most. As vice president of research and development at MicroVision, he is more than just an engineer – he is a visual scientist. His ability to see beauty in everyday objects and bring them to life for others is reflected not only in his work but a passion outside the job: photography.
For Dale, his work at MicroVision and passion for photography are what he calls “synergistic.” The process of capturing a photograph has pushed Dale to think outside the box and see beauty in objects that may go unnoticed, such as cracks in the dirt or a unique architectural detail of a nearby building. His knowledge and experience in visual display are helpful when he brings an image to print. He can identify what the image needs (such as color, contrast and pixilation) and the technologies and processes to get it there.
Dale’s interest in photography actually started as a side hobby while pursuing his degree in engineering. It wasn’t until years later when he was developing some of the first DLP display solutions at Texas Instruments that he really delved into photography and became immersed in what makes a beautiful image. The emergence of new digital technologies at the time allowed Dale to experiment with light and color to capture vivid photographs. Dale quickly became a skilled photographer and his colorful photographs of landscape, scenery and other abstract objects have been featured in art galleries, exhibits and books over the years.
Dale’s background in photography is also a tremendous asset in his role at MicroVision. His understanding of the importance of light, color and resolution in capturing an image enables him and his team to create display technology that can produce high quality images. Coupled with his background in engineering, Dale’s work is a prime example of how art and science can intersect to breakdown display boundaries.
All images copyright 2013 Dale Zimmerman, published with the permission of Dale Zimmerman.
July 25th, 2013
by Dawn Goetter
As a company who is grounded in research and development as a means to discover exciting, disruptive products, at MicroVision we’re always encouraging others to explore new possibilities and create innovative applications using MicroVision technology. So when Disney Research’s latest projection demonstration surfaced, we wanted to share what they have created mixing their “magic” and our technology.
HideOut is a perfect example of how PicoP® display technology can free your imagination to see outside the box — a prototype system created by Disney Research that uses MicroVision’s patented PicoP display technology in the form of a SHOWWX™ pico projector to enable interactive , augmented reality
applications. The video shows how the handheld device enables users to interact with digital content that seems hidden until the projector brings it out onto everyday objects such as books, walls, game boards, tables, and many others.
Check out the video: Disney Research Brings Storybooks to Life with HideOut
This is the latest advance by Disney Research using MicroVision technology. MotionBeam and SideBySide are two other instances where Disney Research demonstrates the type of “beyond projection” applications that can be created using PicoP display technology. The focus-free nature of PicoP display technology is one reason why it is suited to this type of advanced application where other projection technologies are not.
While these projects are only in the research and development phase, we are excited to see PicoP display technology at the heart of solutions that show off some possibilities to change the way we see and interact with information.