The PicoP Display Engine that we showed off last week at CES and Macworld is the highest performing display in its class due to the following attributes: widescreen WVGA resolution, infinite focus for true ad-hoc sharing of content on any surface, rich laser colors, high contrast ratio, and the thinnest package.
As you can imagine, it’s a great feeling to be showing off devices at a tradeshow with thousands of people coming by, each one telling you that your device has the best performance in its class of anything at the show. It put a smile on my face for sure, and energized me about the market opportunities in the company’s immediate future.
While we are already best in class for performance, we’re now working to extend this lead and drive performance of our PicoP platform even further.
Today, Microvision announced that we have been awarded a $750,000 contract to develop a high-definition (720p) version of our PicoP Display Engine. This award follows our contract that was awarded in December (a separate award also worth $750,000) for initial engineering tasks to develop HD eyewear displays.
What this means is that while Microvision is applying strong focus to delivering a SHOW accessory projector product for launch this year, we are at the same time building a robust pipeline of exciting new products and inventions, including HD PicoP and see-through eyewear displays.
For military applications, it’s important to be able to display every pixel of information that’s captured with sensors, like night vision and thermal cameras. As these types of sensors advance in image capture resolution, the display element needs to scale in capability to keep up with them. A small, portable display that matches the resolution of input sensors can improve the safety and situational awareness of soldiers. HD PicoPs can then come to consumer markets to bring an HDTV-equivalent large format viewing experience in a tiny package for displaying multi-megapixel content captured from a cell phone video camera, or movies, videos or games downloaded from the Internet (and many more applications you can envision!).
Microvision’s position as a technology leader for tiny projectors is reinforced by these contract awards, and by our performance during last week’s tradeshows, where we demonstrated capability beyond the reach of fixed-pixel solutions. To maintain and further extend this lead, we are continually driving forward our image quality and performance. In cooperation with our customers, we are executing a roadmap of innovation that we believe will lead to many exciting product opportunities in the years to come.