June 4th, 2012
by Dawn Goetter
43239312I marvel at how creative people and technical people, two groups you don’t typically associate with having a lot in common, share the ability to think outside of the box to foster innovation in their respective disciplines. MicroVision is encouraging people to go a step further and see outside the box as well with PicoP® display technology. Breaking down the constraints of the small display in a handheld mobile device or the dashboard of a car with PicoP display technology can free the imagination and open up a world of possibilities. At MicroVision we are heavy on the technical people who have pioneered the concept of seeing outside the box. As someone more on the creative side of the divide, I was thrilled when I saw how London-based filmmakers The Theory, directing team Tom Jenkins and Simon Sharp, are showing us how artists are thinking and seeing outside of the box with PicoP display technology. These guys have produced a short film using SHOWWX+ projectors provided by MicroVision that illustrates the amazing results of applying PicoP technology with its always in focus picture to reimagine filmmaking. Speed of Light / aka/ The World’s Tiniest Police Chase is the world’s smallest police chase made with the world’s smallest video projectors. 100% projected and filmed for real with NO CGI trickery, Speed of Light features an escaped convict, a determined cop and a fully armed police helicopter! Tom and Simon not only directed and produced the film, they starred in it as well. Tom is the escaped convict and Simon is the cop. I wonder if they flipped a coin to see who would play which role? However they figured out the roles and all of the clever details they put into Speed of Light, the smallest police chase on film, the result is 2+ minutes of pure fun. I hope you enjoy the ride as much as I did!
October 19th, 2011
Using a short-range depth camera and a MicroVision ShowWX+ laser pico projector1, Chris Harrison, a Ph.D. student of Carnegie Mellon University in collaboration with Microsoft Research’s Hrvoje Benko and Andrew D. Wilson, developed OmniTouch, a wearable projection system that can turn any surface into an interactive interface. Imagine using the palm of your hand as a touchscreen keypad, a digital notepad or a virtual palette. Now, imagine doing the same thing on practically any surface you can think of. The OmniTouch is set to expand the possibilities of mobile computing by making use of real world surfaces to break free from the limitations of small screen devices.
The present OmniTouch prototype includes a short-range depth camera and laser pico-projector and is mounted on a user’s shoulder. But the researchers say the device ultimately could be the size of a deck of cards, or even a matchbox, so that it could fit in a pocket, be easily wearable, or be integrated into future handheld devices. (Credit: Carnegie Mellon University)
How did they do it?
Read straight from the source: OmniTouch: Wearable Multitouch Interaction Everywhere
1 See above source for reference.
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
For more information about Mobile Future Forward, please log on to www.mobilefutureforward.com