Archive for the ‘SHOWWX’ Category
June 4th, 2012
by Dawn Goetter
I 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
by MicroVision Marketing
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 1st, 2011
by MicroVision Marketing
MicroVision’s PicoP technology is enabling Nathan Linder of MIT Media Lab to transform any surface into an interactive computer display. Nathan is a graduate student leading the LuminAR project, a research focused on the concept of augmented reality, and he has designed a device that combines a camera, a digital projector and a wireless node with the objective of building a computer form factor that is neither screen-centric nor keyboard-based. With LuminAR, any surface can be turned into a touch-screen interface.
Nathan’s invention has won him this year’s Tony Stark Challenge where he was awarded $15,000 by Audi of America to fund his research. So far, he has built six LuminAR prototypes using pico projectors from Microvision; one was shown at the National Retail Federation Convention earlier this year, as part of Intel’s “Connected Store” concept display.
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