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.
February 24th, 2014
by Dawn Goetter
Last week Sony announced the development of a pico projector module “equipped with Sony’s independently-developed image processing system, that uses laser beam scanning (LBS)” and “incorporates the PicoP technology developed by MicroVision, Inc.”
We are extremely pleased and gratified that laser beam scanning technology that MicroVision pioneered is being adopted by a technology leader and innovator like Sony. With its expertise in projector and optical technology, leadership in semiconductor lasers and track record with innovative, high quality consumer electronics, Sony’s interest in pico projection and adoption of LBS is a significant development for the market as a whole.
We have been supporting Sony in their development of this engine module since April 2013 and look forward to continuing our work with them.
In their press release Sony said that it “aims to bring it to market for use in pico projectors and other devices with projector functionality.” Since the release was published, MicroVision has gotten a number of inquiries asking for confirmation that our technology is being is being incorporated in Sony’s display module and asking for more details related to the terms of any agreements and forecasts for revenue related to the relationship.
We understand the strong interest Sony’s press release generated and we issued a release today confirming the adoption of PicoP display technology by this Fortune Global 100 electronics brand.
At this time we are not disclosing potential license and supply terms for future products resulting from the development of this engine module. We are engaged in discussions and negotiations on commercial terms for next level agreements and will announce terms as appropriate in the future.
For more information on Sony’s announcement, click here:
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.