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.
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.