Archive for the ‘MEMS’ Category

See the Future of Mobile Display in 3D with MicroVision

September 11th, 2011

Seattle is once again hosting this year’s Mobile Future Forward, a gathering of some of the best and most influential minds in the mobile industry to explore the latest trends and innovations that will shape the industry for the next 2-5 years. Hear experts and visionaries from around the world as they discuss, debate and decide what the user experience and applications will look like in the coming years.

For MicroVision, the future of mobile displays can be viewed in 3D. In fact, MicroVision will be demonstrating an early version of its 3D PicoP® prototype at the Visions of the Future session during the event. This technology enables a 3D viewing experience from mobile devices.  The company believes that as more 3D content are made available, 3D support will be the next logical step for its future line of laser pico projectors. With this new 3D PicoP® technology, users will have the ability to break free from small screens, and will be able to display 3D content of up to 100-inches in diagonal image size. In addition, MicroVision’s in-motion laser display technology is ideal for high-intensity, action-packed 3D mobile games, providing focus-free crisp images for a truly immersive gaming experience.  See it live in action:

When:                 September 12, 2011

Where:                Bell Harbor International Conference Center
2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66 , Seattle, WA 98121

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Seeing the Unseen with PicoP

August 16th, 2011

When most people hear the word PicoP, they think of laser projectors for business presentations or movies. However, with the help of MicroVision PicoP technology, researchers at the ARTORG Center of Computer Aided Surgery at the University of Bern in Switzerland are creating a visual display application that can help guide surgeons when performing operations.

Similar to the On Patient Imaging application we discussed in a previous post, this new application uses PicoP technology to create a handheld prototype that projects images of key vascular structures onto the patient’s organs, such as a liver, during surgery.

The concept of image projection to assist in surgical navigation and computer -aided surgery is intended to reduce operation time and help avoid injury to invisible structures during surgical procedures. Prototypes that have been developed in the past often require the surgeon to look back and forth from a screen to the patient, or impede the surgeon’s view all together, or require complicated set up, including constant focusing and calibrating.

To help resolve these issues, the researchers at ARTORG Center of Computer Aided Design used the MicroVision PicoP development kit to create a small, handheld device to project images onto human organs. The small size of the device allows surgeons to easily adjust the image, creating different viewing angles and also ensuring that it doesn’t obstruct the surgeon’s view. Additionally, the PicoP technology provides users with an image that is constantly in focus and can be displayed, without the need to calibrate the device or adjust the focus. The vivid color display also ensures that images are visible on any type of surface, including the liver, among other organs.

We’re eager to see the concept of image overlay in surgical procedures develop over time, and also watch how our PicoP technology will have a direct impact on the efficiency and accuracy of medical procedures. For more information, check out the photos below.

Design of the handheld device that incorporates a MicroVision PicoP development kit containing a portable RGB laser, video processor and MEMS controller.

Projection of liver vessels, tumors and resection planes on pig liver tissue

Inside the PicoP Display engine…

March 26th, 2009

I’m off on Monday, March 30th, to the Global Press Summit with Ian Brown, VP Sales & Marketing.  The Global Press Summit, held in San Francisco, is a media only event where 50+ editors from the world’s leading embedded systems and electronics publications converge to learn about what’s new.  Microvision was invited to participate on a panel to discuss the Growth in Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and to showcase our single scanning mirror MEMS-based Pico Projector.  If we get some additional press coverage from this event, I’ll make sure to post the articles.

And for those that might be asking…what is MEMS, and why is it important to Microvision’s solution?  Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) is the integration of mechanical elements, sensors, actuators, and electronics on a common silicon substrate through microfabrication technology. Often referred to as a system-on-a-chip, MEMS are enabling the development of smart products, ranging from solutions in automobiles, medical devices, mobile phones, pico projectors and more.  While parts of the technology industry are experiencing reduced demand during the global economic slump, the MEMS industry continues to grow at a double-digit clip, according to industry analysts.


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