CES 2017 is upon us! In its 50th year, this consumer technology showcase is poised to introduce the innovations that will have an impact today and set our sights on what is coming tomorrow. We are eager to participate in the event to showcase what our technology is doing today and where we plan to take it in the near future.
The MicroVision team will return to Las Vegas this week armed with demos of how our PicoP® scanning technology can be adapted to an array of applications with display, interaction and sensing capabilities enabled by our Laser Beam Scanning (LBS) technology platform. The demonstrations show off how our planned LBS engines enable products with better ways to see, experience and navigate this increasingly complex, connected world.
Our show presence is limited to private meetings with customers and partners, but here’s a peek at what we’ll be showcasing at the event:
Display: PSE-0403 display engine
As we announced last month, we have begun shipping samples of our new small form factor display engines to customers. The PSE-0403 engines offer an industry-leading combination of made-for-mobile features today, with a roadmap for higher brightness, lower power consumption and advanced “beyond projection” capabilities.
We’ll have sample engines in devices at the show allowing MicroVision’s guests to see how the PSE-0403-101 is an ideal solution for smartphones, portable media players, tablets and other handheld electronics seeking HD, focus-free images (even in motion) with vivid, saturated colors. The PSE-0403-102, our short focal length option, is perfect for aftermarket head-up-displays (HUD) and other products requiring an intense contrast ratio and short focal length.
Interact: PSE-0403sti interactive display engine
We are developing an engine product that combines projected display and Time of Flight (ToF) sensing into a single, integrated scanning engine with short throw capabilities so users can interact with projected content. The PSE-0403sti-101 will enable new and exciting products by mimicking a Windows 10 or Android touch screen display, or by providing access to intermediate point cloud data. Because it builds on the display capabilities of the PSE-0403-101 display engine, the projected display will have all the characteristics of that engine with the added “beyond projection” advancement of interaction with the images through virtual touch and gestures. Wherever you project the image, you’ll have a virtual touchscreen at your fingertips.
We’ll have a proof of concept development platform to demo in our suites, which will preview the capabilities that will be further advanced in our commercial engine.
Sense: PSE-0403Li-101 3D sensing mid-range LiDAR engine
To showcase how our PicoP® scanning technology can be applied as a 3D sensor, we’ll be running a demo of our mid-range LiDAR prototype. The demonstration is a development system with some of the capabilities we plan for our commercial engine, of which we expect to ship samples in the second half of this year. Benefits of this cost effective sensing engine include small size, high resolution, low power, dynamic programming of resolution and frame rate to suit applications needs, and low persistence.
In addition to demonstrations and meetings in our suites, we will have demonstration units in the suites of our co-marketing partner, STMicroelectronics. Visitors to the private ST suites will see an interactive projector incorporating our display technology and our virtual image HUD on display (no pun intended!)