Thursday, August 22, 2019

This is done with the camera so far.

If you want to use gesture control in a room... or in a room with multiple people then you're going to need a high-resolution LiDAR to pick up the gestures accurately and distinguish between people who should be able to control the smart house and those who shouldn't be able to.

Google Gesture Control

More and more, tech companies are leaning on AI to solve the equation for AR wearables in terms of form factor and functionality. Even Microsoft is blending the AI approach of ARKit and ARcore in detecting surfaces for the new scene understanding capabilities of the HoloLens 2. The software approach could be the key in arriving at smartglasses that are slim enough to wear every day instead of just in the comfort of the user's home or office.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Hololens Partner Videos

The partners they highlighted on their new page. Videos from them. (couldn't find a good one from Medvis)

The Page
CAE Healthcare


Siemens Truck Maintenance




Monday, August 12, 2019

The Return of Consumer Smart Glasses

Very interesting article, and Microvision is noticed.

Thanks Mike & Karen & John


Pico-laser-based near-eye displays were pioneered by Microvision. With this kind of display system, a laser is bounced off a micro-mirror, mounted on a dual-axis gimbal. Early versions of these Microvision displays simply used a beam-splitter, otherwise known as a two-way mirror to combine the view of the real world with the view of virtual content. Over time, a more sophisticated optical combiner was developed, similar to the holographic waveguide. A series of micro-mirror-like holographic elements could be embedded inside a lens and the laser targeted at them, to reflect into the user’s eye. These laser displays—in their current form—have one distinct shortcoming compared to waveguides: a very narrow field of view (that being the width of the user’s view that can be augmented with virtual content). But as a competitor to waveguides, they also have a tremendous lens-crafters like Interglass of Switzerland, or Canadian consumer smartglasses brand, North, have shown that these kind of laser-based displays can be embedded within a traditional prescription lens. 

North also has a patent to embed a waveguide within a prescription lens. Interglass says they’re also working on a waveguide within a prescription lens, and DigiLens have IP around a curved waveguide applied to the surface of a prescription lens. A representative from Interglass has suggested that a holographic waveguide embedded within a prescription lens should be expected in time for the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2020.
The waveguide display also requires a “light engine,” or micro-display to project into its input grating—the image source. These are also miniaturizing, getting brighter and falling in power consumption. 

In future generations, expect lenses to combine displays with tunable focus lenses.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

FCC: 5G is safe.

There are many people concerned about this, but for now, the FCC has determined it to be safe.

This may have been part of the later than expected Hololens news (recent approval from FCC)

5G would be beneficial to MVIS -- delivery of more data, at faster rates will make delivery of video and Augmented Reality Date much more efficient -- and likely cheaper over time.

FCC Link

PDF of FCC Statement

The Federal Communications Commission has officially announced this week that 5G and the radio waves that come with it — while draped in controversy — are indeed safe for everyday use.

5G networks have only just begun hitting the market for smartphone users, and the buzz is substantial. With reported speeds as high as 1.1 Gbps, everyday users and industry experts are drooling at the potential uses for this blazing fast network. Plus, with Apple finally getting in on the action, 5G will soon become the standard for all devices.

However, many have worried that the higher frequency radio waves used for 5G could have negative health effects on citizens around the world. Luckily, according to the FCC, there's nothing to worry about.
What Did the FCC Say?

In a statement released earlier this week, the FCC outlined their plan to maintain current radio frequency exposure standards, which stated pretty matter-of-factly that 5G is not only safe, but that the regulations in place to protect you are also pretty strict.

“The FCC sets radio frequency limits in close consultation with the FDA and other health agencies. After a thorough review of the record and consultation with these agencies, we find it appropriate to maintain the existing radio frequency limits, which are among the most stringent in the world for cell phones,” 

Friday, August 9, 2019

Microsoft - Samsung relationship deserves to be watched.



Samsung and Microsoft will team up on a suite of new product integrations, combining their sizeable market powers against Google and Apple.

Microsoft Word recently became one of the rare Android apps not made by Google or Facebook to pass 1 billion downloads, thanks in part to the app often coming pre-installed on new phones.

Samsung plans to ship the Note 10 with Microsoft’s Your Phone app pre-installed too, which mirrors text messages and notifications onto Windows 10 PCs.

Microsoft head of mobile and cross-device experiences Shilpa Ranganathan announced this morning the app will also let users make and receive calls from their PC later this year, similar to a feature that allows Mac users to place calls from their computer through a connected iPhone.

The Marine Propeller Plug Market Forecast

This illustrates why some articles about some companies should be ignored....I counted 10 this morning... they all appear to be roughly the same kind of click-bait without the entertaining bug.

Finance Express

From this carefully crafted report:

Each section of the report reveals critical information about the global Marine Propeller Plug market that could be used to ensure strong growth in the coming years. Our unique blend of primary and secondary research techniques helped us to recognize hidden business opportunities available in the global Marine Propeller Plug market, besides collecting significant insights of market participants and obtaining precise market data. It includes several research studies such as manufacturing cost analysis, absolute dollar opportunity, pricing analysis, company profiling, production and consumption analysis, and market dynamics.
The Marine Propeller Plug market is valued at million US$ in 2018 is expected to reach million US$ by the end of 2023, growing at a CAGR of during 2019-2023. 
The Major Players Covered in this Report: eMagin Corporation, Universal Display Corporation, AU Optronics Corp, KopIn Corporation, Micron Technology, Himax Technology, LG Display, Microvision, Sony Corporation, Syndiant & More.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

A busy couple of days.

I've been hitting the brain-trust hard, getting opinions from various other people and discussing mine -- a few things that have stuck out from the last few days.... 

all my own (educated?) opinion....

I suspect that the class 1 reversion mentioned in the CC is part of a multi-level situation -- not all of the parts are related to each other

A) The issue with China is significant. With relative rapidity a large number of countries decided that they were transferring manufacturing OUT of China. (Mentioned here) -- and this was mentioned during the ASM that some issues with China could pop up and cause problems. This certainly would have the potential of throwing all production into chaos and 

This could cause significant disruptions around multiple supply chains.

  • This could rearrange manufacturing priorities.
  • I don't know, we don't know, probably no one knows the extent of the rearrangement that will be required because of this.
  • Suddenly Foxconn's weird behavior in Wisconsin makes sense... they may have been expecting that something was up and wanted to have a foothold somewhere in the US, just in case
B) It is my impression based on previous PicoP projector releases that Class 2 & 3 laser products needed individual approvals for many different countries they went to. This could be a significant impediment to rapid adoption of the tech across national boundaries

C)  there is some stated improvement in the projector brightness with Class 1 lasers.... (related to the April 2017 contract partner?)

There is no such thing as a projector that it's safe or comfortable to look into... I do not think that class1/class3 is a long-term impediment.

But what is most important to me is that they can get the most customers this way. (I'm going to watch for it in portable gaming... because this is easy to do in a dimly lit room and is a HUGE market.)  Xbox Scarlett / Sony - Xbox Partnership

Hololens (Augmented Reality)

This has ALWAYS been a CLASS 1 Laser product!!

(allegedly and possibly, in all likelihood using Microvision's near-eye display -- Laser Mems Display.)

I visited the Microsoft Store near the University Of Washington in Seattle this week. I asked to see the Hololens 2.

They didn't have one in the store, but they connected me with someone who attended the build conference and had the "opportunity" to try it.

"Well, how was it??" I asked.
"I didn't get to try it" she replied.
"The line was 200 people long to try it. I didn't have time -- people that had tried it absolutely raved about it." she said.

Combine that with the results from Airbus and NASA... I think Microsoft has a problem... a really good one to have. The results with this thing are so fantastic that they're not going to be able to keep up.

If you approach a company with a tool that can improve their efficiency by 10-15% reliably, they're going to be really happy. 97% better? 80% better.... that is a stunning, mind-bending improvement. I'm extremely confident that this will be a run-away success. NASA , Airbus

Given patent flow, I think the next company out the gate is Apple. (remember, Microvision can sell this to whoever they want to once the development is done) 

Also tried these... not great next to Hololens, and we're pretty sure --- same field of view as an iPad mini held at arms length.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

China Scrambles to stem manufacturing exodus as 50 companies leave

I had been curious that this could be an issue. During the ASM trade tensions with China was an issue mentioned and discussed.

This is one possibility of why a 1 quarter delay could be extended. 

One of the many things to watch, I see it as a long-term positive, short term disruptive event.

Thanks Mike

TOKYO/SHANGHAI -- China is racing to keep foreign enterprises in-country, dangling special benefits so that the advantages of staying outweigh the heavy tariffs imposed by the U.S.

A year into the trade war with Washington, more than 50 global companies, including Apple and Nintendo, have announced or are considering plans to move production out of China, Nikkei research has found.

And not just foreign companies. Chinese manufacturers, as well as those from the U.S., Japan and Taiwan, are part of the drain, including makers of personal computers, smartphones and other electronics.

Financial Times
Foxconn will start mass production of displays, car electronics and servers for the US market at its new plant in Wisconsin by the end of next year, Mr Liu said, and plans to invest $1.5bn and employ up to 2,000 people by the end of 2020. At the first investor conference Foxconn hosted in its 45-year history, the world’s largest electronics manufacturer and largest assembler of Apple’s iPhone presented a new management structure designed to deal with the exit of Terry Gou, its founder, from day-to-day business as he runs for president of Taiwan.

Microsoft Video