NionCom Announces the Introduction of the MemoryKick™ Vision™ Tablet with an Embedded Projector

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Today, NionCom announces the official introduction of the MemoryKick™ Vision™ tablet, a device for media management, business productivity, and gaming applications. The Vision™ tablet is an extension of the MicroVision Arrow™ mini-tablet shown at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in early-January. They both share many components and features. We have discussed the Arrow™ mini-tablet on a few occasions on Picopros.com.

 

The MemoryKick™ Vision™ is designed to be the ultimate productivity tool. A user can load all their business documents (PDF, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, ImageAMMO™), photos, and videos on one device for use anywhere. Files can be rapidly transferred between several storage locations. The Vision™ has the capacity to store hundreds of hours of video due to the fact that it has a 500GB to 1TB hard drive, depending on the configuration.  In either case, this is remarkably more storage than can be found on devices such as the iPad and the like.  These competing devices use very costly flash memory, limiting them to about 64GB of storage or less - barely enough to store a couple HD-quality movies.

 

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The MemoryKick™ Vision™ allows easy connectivity to a television via its HDMI port.  Not only can a user watch stored video and photos, but the entire operating system.  This means that surfing the internet, gaming, and any apps can all be experienced on a large screen.  This is a feature unique to the Vision™ tablet.  Other tablets and mobile phones simply can't do this.

  

A generous 4.3" capacitive touch screen allows for easy management of files, browsing the internet, gaming, and access to many unique applications. The Vision™ tablet also includes applications for streaming live television content through Wi-Fi connectivity.  Even VOIP-based phone calls can be made on the device. In addition, an embedded laser projector provides the flexibility for viewing content anywhere - with no need to focus. Whatever is being displayed on the screen can be projected for a large, immersive experience. The Vision™ tablet packs all the functionality of a laptop - and more - into a small, ultra-portable device.

 

 

High Level Specs

Android 2.2 operating system

5MP Camera / 720p Video Record (Shoot & Project Anytime, Anywhere!)

Embedded laser pico projector (with PicoP® technology by MicroVision)

HDMI Out: 1080p (play all your digital movies and videos)

HDMI In 720p (connect and project from a computer, iPod, or Android device)

Bluetooth to connect Bluetooth speakers, keyboard, and mouse

Wi-Fi

VOIP

Accelerometer

HDD with capacities of up to 1TB

Multi-Memory Transfer capability between the HDD, Micro-SD, SD, and USB)

Interactive Touch Projection

 

Dimensions: Length: 142mm; Width 78mm; Height 27mm

 

Difference between Arrow™ mini-tablet and the Vision™

 

Arrow™: 3.5 inch 800 x 480 Full View Angle Screen, 4GB Internal Flash Memory; with Micro-SD Card, USB with multi-transfer capability

 

Vision™: 4.3 inch 800 x 480 Full View Angle Screen, 500GB 2.5 inch HDD; with Micro-SD, SD, and USB insert and multi-transfer capabilities.

 

 

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Anthony Link, CEO of NionCom states that the inspiration for the Vision™ tablet came as the result of a discussion he had with a customer. The customer suggested that it would be nice to have a built-in projector to view content in a larger format. Immediately seeing the potential of the concept, NionCom surveyed the various technologies for projecting from a small device. After familiarizing themselves with the available options, they decided on MicroVision's PicoP® technology, where a single mirror and three lasers create the images by "painting" each pixel in a raster-scan pattern. In his own words, Anthony states that "MicroVision has the best technology" for what they are trying to accomplish - projecting beautiful images from a compact device with no need to focus. In addition, he stresses the scalability of the PicoP® platform. The ability to move to 720p resolution and beyond while also shrinking the display engine is a critical need for future products. None of the competing technologies can achieve higher performance without sacrificing size and power consumption.

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As opposed to simply adding a projector to their existing MemoryKick™ Si product, NionCom realized the importance of having unique applications that would take full advantage of a highly-flexible device with capacity for storing lots of data. By partnering with ImageAMMO™ and ThinkFree, for example, NionCom has ensured they could deliver on this goal.

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We've discussed ImageAMMO™ on Picopros before. Essentially, it allows users to easily organize, share, and present photos and presentations in a virtual three-dimensional environment. Taking advantage of the embedded projector, users can display their content in a large format and manipulate the sets of images by rotating and interacting with the various shapes. Users can also create their own photo sets (called ‘WRAPPERS’) with ImageAMMO™ and share with others. Anyone can then read the wrappers using the actual ImageAMMO™ app for iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch) or the free ImageAMMO™ ‘PLAYER’, available on their site.

 

Trey Ratcliff, the HDR photographer of StuckInCustoms.com and developer of the very impressive 100 CAMERAS IN 1 (his new app for iOS devices on iTunes) has provided ImageAMMO™ with photos that are WRAPPED for your enjoyment. His images have been seen more than 50 million times,  ImageAMMO™ is available in a home version for Mac and PC, as well as an Apple iOS app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch HERE.  ImageAMMO™ will be available for other Android devices as well.

 

ThinkFree is an office productivity tool that allows users to view and share MS Office files with colleagues. To take it one step further, NionCom worked with ThinkFree to customize the application to enhance the user experience when using an embedded projector. One example of this is allowing users the ability to quickly reverse the color palette on presentations, making text easier to read on the projected slides.

 

It is unique applications such as these that further differentiates the Vision™ from all other devices on the market.

 

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NionCom didn't stop there.  By working with high-end game developers, the MemoryKick™ Vision™ tablet will have a rich multimedia gaming experience, with high-quality graphics.  Even better, these games can be played on a large television or projected up to 100" for the ultimate immersive experience.

 

The MemoryKick™ Vision™ tablet is expected to be available in Q2 2011, priced in the mid-$500 range, available worldwide and at prominent retailers in the United States.  The Vision™ tablet offers a multitude of unique features that we will describe in follow-up artilces. So, stay tuned for more details and photos of the device, coming soon!

 

 

Disclosure: as of this writing, the author was long shares of Microvision (NASDAQ: MVIS)

 

Archived Comments....

Wich prozessor will it get? Dual core?

I do not believe that information has been made public. I would email MemoryKick directly to verify. Paul

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You say they committed to launching in 2nd qtr, they are saying summer! Will it still be the 2nd qtr?

Do they have the protective screens/case and portable stand?  Can I connect my blackberry to it and view the phone screen through the projector?

Do they give times for the battery life with uses, such as running Video?

Have you listened to the audio out quality on speakers?

Thanks

They are still committed to a Q2 launch. Run time has not been announced. I have not had the chance to listen to the audio quality in depth. What I did hear was typical for a device of this size. The Vision tablet can handle HDMI input as well as USB, SD memory card, and and the internal hard drive.

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Paul...with the conflicting info from AT on the conf call (Apparently MVIS is not including any revenue from Nioncon in 2011) about the deal with Nioncon...have you checked with Nioncon if indeed they are still planning to ship the tablet with the PicoP inside?

 

thanks

 

dave

NionCom is fully committed to launching the Vision tablet in Q2 2011. Paul

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Paul this is Harry (stillinshock).  My partner and I emailed Nioncom about 2 weeks ago and asked where we could buy their new vision product and when it would be available.  So far we have not heard anything from them.  I know they are small and probably very busy with Q2 at hand, but we would like some more info about their distribution chanels and time lines.  If you can help it would be appreciated by both of us.  Thanks.

Hmm...odd hat they haven't responded.  If you are on Twitter, you can try @memorykickusa as well.

 

I will see if I can get them to provide an update on your questions.  I imagine they won't say much on distribution channels until they are fully-ready to.

 

 

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Paul, do we know anything, or can you discover anything, about the device's CPU?

I am pretty sure the Vision™ tablet uses the ARM11 processor. 

 

 

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Paul, How will the company make a profit on these given the high cost of the green lasers, let alone the other components. Don't get me wrong, i'd be happy paying $550 for it, and would probably be fine shelling out over $600 too. But, last I heard, each Show WX sold is another loss for microvision, correct? How will this work out to a profit at only $550 Thanks for posting on this.

I cannot comment much on this.  What I can say is that what MicroVision pays for components may not be quite what someone else would pay for components.

 

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ARM11 processor??? if so Im sold
what kind of processor does this have?
It is impossible for a device of those dimensions house a 2.5 in hard drive. It has to be a lot wider!

The standard form factor dimensions of a 2.5 inch HDD are 69.85mm × 7–15 mm × 100 mm according to Wikipedia. The dimensions of this device (as stated above) do exceed all 3 of these values. Very plausible that a 2.5 HDD can fit inside imo... Good question and very excellent observation.

Must be magic....

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Paul, When do you anticipate getting your hands on one of these NionCom MemoryKick™ Vision™ tablets to enable you to post a review of this new product here at Picopros.com?

Trying to coordinate this.  Don't have a timeline yet.

 

 

Paul

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Is this press release via channels at Nioncom, presumably valid ones? Is Microvision in a position to comment? Thanks for this info, Paul!
MicroVision is supposed to release something. Unsure of exact timing. Paul

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Perhaps there is still time to include a remote for the Vision. This is a mobile presenters dream machine. With the kind of specs indicated, form factor, memory capacity, feature set, software, Android 2.2, with 720P there is no rival. Blue-tooth for blue-tooth connected speakers will set the standard for all future pico media players. Current onboard pico speakers are an embarrassment. This is a keeper. You can have your embedded cell phone projector. I'll take this and not throw it away like a typical cell phone in a couple years. The ability to do VOIP calls as well opens the lead even wider. The market will likely be barren of a serious contender with infinite focus for the next 12 months. MemoryKick should own the space and see sales in the scores of thousands in 2011. It may force the hand of the big handset/tablet OEMs sooner. It may be too early but I predict this device will launch and solidify MVIS as THE embedded standard for pico projection for years to come.
Are your sure about the Dimensions?: Length: 142mm; Width 78mm; Height 27mm. A height about 27mm seems a little big to me. The size of the ARROW is a lot smaller. It has a depth of 17mm only.

That is what was supplied to me.  It has up to 1TB storage - I suspect that is why.  That said, the Vision is targeted toward certain customers while anything like the Arrow will be for a different custoer type.

 

 

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Paul, has anything been said about price and availability?

It is stated in the article (bottom).

 

Priced in mid-$500 range and available in Q2.

 

 

Paul

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Has anybody head of Nioncon? Ive never heard of this company? I mean really, Is this the OEM we have all beeen waiting for? NEONCON.. huh

Not to worry - lots of activity going on.

 

 

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Can you share some of the activity or give as much info as you can? Thanks and btw, great job and great site!
I dotn see any official PR for this Can you direct me to it? thx

This *is* the official PR.  You may see additional sources pick it up.

 

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