Archive for the ‘Innovation’ Category

Career and Passion Intersect for MicroVision’s Head of R&D, Dale Zimmerman

September 16th, 2013

Some of the most stunning examples of beauty and innovation can be discovered when science and art intersect.

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.

A Little Disney "Magic" and MicroVision Technology Bring Storybooks to Life

July 25th, 2013

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.

Researchers Discuss Lasers as the Future of Lighting

June 18th, 2013

Lighting the World – The Future of Lighting

MicroVision's PicoP display technology is at the heart of laser-based Head Up Displays

At University of California Santa Barbara a group of researchers is exploring the future of lighting. One technology in particular they are looking at is lasers – a topic of great interest here at MicroVision.

University of California Television (UCTV) recently profiled UC Santa Barbara’s Solid State Lighting and Display Center (SSLDC) in an episode of “Lighting the World.” The episode highlights their research with different types of lighting and display technology focusing on LED and laser diodes.  

According to the center’s co-director, Shuji Nakamura, the next generation of lighting will be based on laser diodes. Professor Nakamura is widely regarded as a pioneer in display technology    and is credited with the discovery and development of nitride based semiconductors responsible for blue LEDs and blue laser diodes. In the episode, he predicts that the market will shift from LED to laser based display, as lasers are much more efficient and use less power (5:37). Nathan Pfaff, a graduate student at SSLDC, talks as well about how lasers can provide a more efficient white light with more optical power out for less electrical energy in (4:43).

Energy efficiency is one reason why lasers are at the core of MicroVision’s patented PicoP® display technology. Not only are lasers efficient,  they enable images to be projected from a compact form onto any type of surface while staying in focus– as Professor Steven Denbaars, co-director of SSLDC, discusses in the video (1:56). When we were asked to provide images for the project, we were pleased to comply.  Check out how our images illustrate the points Professor Denbaars makes about projected displays using lasers.

You can watch the full episode of the video and see for yourself how these researchers are touting lasers as the future of lighting.

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