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.
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.