April was an eventful and exciting month for MicroVision! On top of being awarded a development and supply contract for a Laser Beam Scanning (LBS) display system by a leading technology company, our PicoP® scanning technology received great recognition at this year’s Laser Display and Lighting Conference (LDC) in Yokohama, Japan. What’s more, we had the opportunity to showcase our display and interactivity demos to hundreds of attendees at the Optics & Photonics International Exhibition (OPIE)’s Laser Expo.
Held during the OPIE’s Optics & Photonics International Congress (OPIC) in Yokohama, Japan, the 6th annual LDC is an international conference on laser displays, laser lighting, and related technologies that ran from April 19 – 21, 2017.
Selvan Viswanathan, Principal Engineer of Systems and Advanced Applications, represented MicroVision on-site at the Pacifico Yokohama to discuss a paper he authored with one of our product engineering directors, Jari Honkanen: “Laser Beam Scanning Short Throw Displays and an Exploration of Laser-Based Virtual Touchscreens.”
Selvan hosted a 15 minute presentation focused on PicoP® scanning technology as a platform solution for short-throw display and interactivity applications, which received one of only three awards handed out at the show. The honor was within the category, “Outstanding Industry Scientific Contribution,” in which Mitsubishi Electric Corp., Japan also received an award for its paper, “High-Power and Highly-Reliable 638nm Band BA-LD for CW Operation.”
Co-chairs made nominations for the various sessions, and voting took place across the entire panel of one conference chair and six co-chairs.
Congratulations, Jari and Selvan!
You can view the award-winning presentation, here:
Organized annually by The Laser Society of Japan, the Laser Expo has constantly pushed the boundaries to introduce state of the art laser technology in the 21st century. This year’s show attracted upwards of 15,000 attendees over the course of three days.
Within MicroVision’s exhibit were live demonstrations and video overviews of the display and interactivity capabilities enabled by our PicoP® scanning technology.
The middle section of our exhibit provided an overview of our technology platform and how it supports Display, Interact and Sensing functionality for various applications. The two stations to the left were dedicated to demonstrating our PSE-0403 display engine, highlighting the high definition image achieved from a small form factor, energy efficient engine. The station just to the right of the center monitor showcased our interactive display engine PSE-0403sti that enables applications with a projected display while simultaneously supporting time-of-flight sensing creating a virtual touchscreen. The end station highlighted our 3D sensing engine for mid-range LiDAR applications with a video and model of a potential engine design.
Despite being one of over 350 exhibitors, foot traffic to the booth was steady throughout the event. At times, there were over 10 visitors stopping by at once making for a pretty full house. These events helped us garner much attention for our display engine and upcoming interactivity engine, and we look forward to more opportunities like this.