Sony Patent Application Allows for High-power Lasers for Projection Displays

On July 8, 2010, the USPTO published application 20100171932 assigned to Sony Corporation titled, "Laser Projection Device and Method for Manufacturing a Laser Projection Device".  The goal of this publication is to try and carve out some IP protection with regards to using higher-powered laser sources for projection displays, while remaining below laser class limits for such a device.  The Background section of the publications best communicates the problems to be overcome with current laser projectors:


Presco Incorporated Supplying Drive Circuitry for Microvision Military Head Mounted Display (HMD)

I read message boards from time to time (though I rarely post).  Today, I came across a very interesting post related to Microvision's Head-mounted Display (HMD) program for military applications.  Specifically, the post indicated that Presco Incorporated of Woodbridge, CT is supplying components to Microvision for the HMD program.  If you recall, Microvision received funding for development of a prototype display for the military in 2009 (the contract was successfully completed and achieved all targets).  After doing some digging, the post appears to be accurate.  I have emailed Presco Inc. for comment and will follow up if i receive any response.


Corning Looking for Component Engineers for Laser Production Ramp

 On June 15, 2010, Corning Incorporated posted openings for four (4) Component Engineers (see below).  Specifically, these openings are to support laser manufacturing at their facility in Thailand.  Reviewing the requirements, it appears they are seeking relatively experienced engineers that have a semiconductor-related background.



New Job Opening at Microvision

Microvision has posted a new opening for "Buyer 1".  If nothing else, this shows that they continue to bolseter their staff for product ramp.  There have been several positions filled over the last year.  Sadly, the position pays a mere $30k-$45k.  Is that a competitive salary for this type of position in Redmond?



Hewlett Packard Utilizes Pico Projectors for 3D Imaging Without Glasses

In 2009, Harlyn Baker of Hewlett Packard and Zeyu Li of UCSB published a paper (http://www.google.com/m/url?client=ms-android-verizon&ei=-nW8TYDPOYeclwfqssW0Ag&gl=us&hl=en&q=http://www.hpl.hp.com/personal/Harlyn_Baker/papers/ImmerscomII-Baker-Li-3D-ACM.pdf&source=android-browser-type&ved=0CBYQFjAA&usg=AFQjCNFIuTzYxFyZVPvLCXCM0sAK1NCfvw) titled "Camera and Projector Arrays for Immersive 3D Video".  The crux of the work presented here is a low-cost system for generating real-time autostereoscopic 3D (i.e. no glasses required) video capabilities utilizing a single computer.  Applications of this might include: video conferencing, gaming, as well as a host of others.  The paper itself is quite interesting.


2010 Microvision Annual Meeting of Shareholders

On June 17th, Microvision held their Annual Meeting of Shareholders (ASM).  While we at Picopros could not attend, we have been able to gather notes from various sources.  Overall, it seems that the company is well on track toward high-volume commercialization of their PicoP® technology in 2011 and beyond.  Here are some highlights from the meeting:



Motorola Concept Projector Phone

In February, iPhone Matters published a short article on a Motorola concept phone, billed as a "digital butler".  I was surprised I hadn't seen this until now.  It is a neat-looking device, packing 4G conectivity, accelerometer, and even a projector.  That's right, a projector.



SixthSense Technology Using Microvision PicoP® Technology

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In my previous post, I discussed the LuminAR project, which employs Microvision's PicoP® technology to create an augmented reality workspace.  Here, I would like to highlight the work of Pranav Mistry - specifically, the SixthSense project.  You can also access his presentation at the TED 2009 conference here.


LuminAR Project Employs Microvision's PicoP® Technology

MIT students have created an augmented reality interface utilizing Microvision's PicoP® technology.  Specifically, they have configured it with both the PEK™ and ShowWX™. The picture you see is the variation using the PEK. Not only can this system project content, but it can recognize gestures as well.  We have seen variations of this concept presented in various forums, the most-famous of which is probably Pranav Mistry's Sixth Sense Project, which was presented at TED in November 2009.  In addition, at least two projects are active that are collaborations with Microsoft. PicoP® keeps popping up in many university projects due to its small size, use of lasers, and the fact that the image is always in focus - a particularly important feature for mobile applications.  In addition, Microvision's technology is capable of being employed for sensing/monitoring, as well as the standard projecting applications.  I think we will continue to see additional projects where Microvision's technology is being used.  Exciting times are ahead for sure!


Comparison of Microvision to TI and 3M

This photo really highlights the superior throw ratio of Microvision's technology.