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.
March 29th, 2013
by Dawn Goetter
There was an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal earlier this month discussing the rise of mobile workers and the use of mobile technology. The article references a recent Forrester survey that shows that nearly half of respondents use a smartphone at least once a week for work, and 21 percent said they use a tablet for work at least weekly. With attention typically focused on how consumers are using their smartphones and tablets and the blending of personal device and work tool as “bring your own device” becomes a growing trend in the workplace, it’s important to consider mobile’s positive impact on the workforce as well.
For starters, it has been shown that the use of mobile technology can boost employee productivity. For people in jobs that require a significant amount of travel, such as pharmaceutical sales reps or corporate executives, this is obvious. However, mobile brings flexibility to the traditional work schedule as well, enabling employees to get work done from any location at any time.
The benefit of mobile technology also extends far beyond the enterprise and traditional corporate environment. The Wall Street Journal article describes how a construction company utilizes a digital-blueprint software on their tablets to increase efficiency and save time and resources. Educators are also utilizing mobile – a recent study from Pew Research shows that 73 percent of teachers use cellphones for classroom activity, which provides them with easy access to content, resources and materials for teaching. In the healthcare industry, doctors use mobile devices to easily access medical records, drug interaction data and share other important information with patients.
As many of these examples point out, mobile devices alone aren’t enough to empower the workforce. Other technologies, such as customized software and applications, are needed to ensure workers can reap the full benefits of mobile technology either by providing access to information or enabling productivity.
Pico projection is a great example of a feature that can help users fully benefit from mobile. With embedded pico projection in a mobile device, doctors can share information with patients without huddling around the small screen, contractors can display full sized construction blueprints to workers at a project site, and teachers can show presentations and video from their smartphone to their entire classroom.
For more information on how MicroVision’s PicoP technology can benefit a variety of mobile users, check out our latest video.