11/22/2010 1:01:07 PM
<![CDATA[Mobile Device Users Break Free from the Screen with 50 Percent
Brighter Display and Simple Connection to Apple Devices
REDMOND, Wash., Nov 22, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) —
MicroVision, Inc. (NASDAQ:MVIS), the leader in innovative
ultra-miniature laser display technology, today unveiled SHOWWX+(R),
the second-generation of its award-winning
laser pico projector. With a 50 percent brighter display within the same
slim size, SHOWWX+ enables mobile device users to break free from the
small screen and project large, clear 16:9 widescreen content wherever
they are, on any surface.
“We’re on a mission to eliminate the squinting and huddling that occurs
when mobile device users share content,” said Alexander Tokman,
president and CEO of MicroVision. “SHOWWX+ is designed to simply and
quickly connect to today’s hottest new portable devices so users can
display and share large vibrant images and video with ease.”
Taking the Mobile Experience Beyond the Small Screen
SHOWWX+ is the first laser pico projector to offer a big-screen,
movie-length experience that easily slips into a shirt pocket. Boasting
two hours of battery life, 15 laser lumens, a contrast ratio up to five
times higher than competing products, and the shortest throw ratio of
any pico projector on the market, the SHOWWX+ is the perfect accessory
for expanding viewing experiences beyond a palm or pad-sized screen. Its
category-leading 5,000:1 native contrast ratio ensures the SHOWWX+
produces the deepest blacks and most brilliant whites.
Touting a super short throw ratio, the SHOWWX+ displays large, bright
images even in close or cramped environments, such as on the back of an
airplane seat, a hallway or even an elevator. The shorter “throw” of
SHOWWX+ allows users to project images that are twice as big as images
from competing products from the same projection distance.
SHOWWX+ is a “Made for iPod, iPhone, and iPad” product that easily
connects using the included high-quality video component cable. Users
simply play media from their own device and it instantly projects.
Combine an iPhone with an application such as Netflix and SHOWWX+ to get
a big-screen movie experience virtually anywhere. SHOWWX+ works with
many other devices as well, including mobile phones, notebooks, cameras
and camcorders–anything with Video-Out or VGA functionality-casting a
12-inch to 100-inch diagonal image depending on lighting conditions, at
resolutions up to WVGA (848 X 480).
Laser Displays Enable New Experiences
The SHOWWX+ is powered by MicroVision’s PicoP(R) display engine, which
uses patented laser-scanning
technology to create large, vivid, uniform images that are always in
focus, in the highest contrast, within the widest field of view. Unlike
other pico projectors, SHOWWX+ does not require complex lenses, color
wheels, lamps or LEDs. The architecture of the PicoP display engine not
only contributes to the slim size of MicroVision’s SHOWWX+–about the
same size as an iPhone–it also allows for efficient power consumption
enabling a longer battery life. The SHOWWX+ laser images are always in
focus, regardless of variations in projection distance or display
surface–a critical requirement for emerging ultra-mobile applications
like iPhone games that use accelerometers and gyroscopes or augmented
With MicroVision’s laser-scanning technology, every pixel is the same
intensity, creating vivid, saturated colors and brightness that are
uniform from the center of the display to the edges. Lasers also produce
all colors simultaneously, in a hundred-millionth of a second, avoiding
color break-up or rainbow artifacts that are commonly experienced with
other technologies in fast-moving video scenes, or when the projector or
the viewer’s head moves.
For a video overview of SHOWWX+, please visit the MicroVision SHOWWX+ micro-site.
SHOWWX+ is available now at an MSRP of $449. A full suite of optional
accessories, including tripods, spare batteries, VGA connectors, car
chargers and carrying cases are available on the MicroVision
MicroVision provides the PicoP(R) display technology platform designed to
enable next-generation display and imaging products for pico projectors,
vehicle displays and wearable displays that interface with mobile
devices. The company’s projection display engine uses highly efficient
laser light sources which can create vivid images with high contrast and
brightness. For more information, visit the company’s website (www.microvision.com)
and corporate blog (www.microvision.com/displayground).
MicroVision, SHOWWX, SHOWWX+ and PicoP are registered trademarks of
MicroVision Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other
trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.
Certain statements contained in this release, including those using
words such as “plans”, are forward-looking statements that involve a
number of risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual
results to differ materially from those projected in the company’s
forward-looking statements include the following: our ability to raise
additional capital when needed; our customers failure to perform under
open purchase orders; our financial and technical resources relative to
those of our competitors; our ability to keep up with rapid
technological change; government regulation of our technologies; our
ability to enforce our intellectual property rights and protect our
proprietary technologies; the ability to obtain additional contract
awards; the timing of commercial product launches and delays in product
development; the ability to achieve key technical milestones in key
products; dependence on third parties to develop, manufacture, sell and
market our products; potential product liability claims; and other risk
factors identified from time to time in the company’s SEC reports,
including the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC.
Except as expressly required by federal securities laws, we undertake no
obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements,
whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in
circumstances or any other reason.
SOURCE: MicroVision, Inc.
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