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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.

Happy 50th!

October 2nd, 2012

Galaxy Gold Space Needle at 50

There are a lot of 50 year anniversaries this year popping up around me.  Having debuted at the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle, the Space Needle is honoring its 50th birthday by returning the needle to its original galaxy gold color and hosting numerous events throughout the year. Last week as we noted on our Facebook page, the Society for Information Display celebrated its 50th anniversary, and this year also marks the 50th anniversary of the laser semiconductor. We are marking this milestone year by sponsoring the IEEE Photonics Society’s 23rd International Semiconductor Laser Conference in San Diego October 7-10. With an international roster of speakers from business and the academic world it promises to be an in depth discussion of the latest developments in semiconductor lasers, amplifiers and LEDs.

To help us commemorate these 50 year milestones in the display and laser industries, visit with us if you happen to be in San Diego for the IEEE Laser Conference or if you are in Detroit October 18-19 at SID Vehicle Display where we are also exhibiting. And of course if business or pleasure travel brings you to Seattle, be sure to take a ride to the top of the Space Needle. Whatever color it is, the view is amazing and the fun of eating in a revolving restaurant never gets old.

A Bright Future for Healthcare, Made More Brilliant with PicoP laser display technology

August 7th, 2011

We’ve seen a lot of cool applications of MicroVision’s PicoP technology lately, and On Patient Imaging from Andrew B. Holbrook of the Kim Butts Pauly Lab at Stanford University is especially intriguing. Using MicroVision’s PicoP® Evaluation Kit, Holbrook created On Patient Imaging to display Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) directly on a patient’s body.

Not only can patients better understand and contextualize body scan information seeing it superimposed over the area in question, but advanced applications could help the precision and speed of actual medical procedures. For example, High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) uses external transducers to heat and rapidly destroy pathogenic tissue, including tumors and fibroids, and having medical images displayed directly on patients’ bodies will help ensure their speedy and precise placement.

MicroVision PicoP technology is an ideal solution for these kinds of applications due to its ability to project always-in-focus images on any type of surface, including curved surfaces like the human body. While On Patient Imaging isn’t the first PicoP project to use the human body as a display surface (we think that kudos goes to Skinput by Carnegie Mellon University and Microsoft Research), it demonstrates a great application that could offer tremendous benefits to both sides of the healthcare industry—patients and doctors.

Check out the pictures below.


PicoP Evaluation Kit (PEK) projector mount on the ceiling above the MRI machine.

Abdominal imaging on a volunteer

Abdominal imaging on a volunteer

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