BOTHELL, Wash., May 21 /PRNewswire/ — Microvision, Inc. (Nasdaq: MVIS),
the leader in laser-scanning display technology, announced today that its
advanced research and development team has demonstrated a small
rear-projection display that is daylight-readable. The projection display has
several potential applications in automobiles, including a driver information
center, reconfigurable instrument panel, and — coupled with rear-facing
cameras — a replacement for side-mounted rear view mirrors.
The high-resolution image is scanned onto the back of a mylar screen which
is specially treated to prevent light from scattering. The result is an
extremely bright, daylight readable display that can be produced in a wide
array of shapes and sizes, and can display virtually any information that can
be imagined by the vehicle designer.
Displays in automobiles are becoming more and more important for a variety
of reasons including the delivery of information services to the driver.
Manufacturers are also interested in instrument panel displays that are more
versatile and can produce higher quality graphics than the displays currently
in use. Higher resolution displays would also allow for individual instruments
and dash panels to be reconfigured; an advantage to manufacturers during
production and to drivers who want to customize or upgrade their instrument
“There is keen interest from automobile companies in high resolution, high
brightness displays that can be flexibly configured,” said Tom Sanko,
Microvision’s vice president for marketing. “Existing display technology
doesn’t meet key requirements for such systems — daylight readability,
low-cost, power efficiency and longevity. We believe that a significant market
opportunity exists for Microvision’s display technology in this market and
that we can meet all of the requirements for such systems. While this is an
early effort, we are quite excited because we can adapt existing technology
being developed for our Nomad wearable display to meet initial requirements
with monochromatic displays while offering a path to full-color systems.”
Headquartered in Bothell, Wash., Microvision, Inc. is the developer of the
patented retinal scanning display technology and a world leader in micro
miniature optical scanning technology for display and imaging applications.
The company’s technology has application in a broad range of military,
medical, industrial, professional and consumer information products.
Additional information can be found at the company’s Web site at
NOTE: Nomad and retinal scanning display are trademarks of Microvision, Inc.
The information set forth in this release includes “forward-looking
statements” within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act
of 1934, as amended, and is subject to the safe harbor created by those
sections. Certain factors that realistically could cause results to differ
materially from those projected in the company’s forward-looking statements
are set forth in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly
Reports on Form 10-Q, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.