Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Headed to CES

I'll be heading to CES in January. (Looking really good anyway.)

I'm hoping to visit every company that could possibly have MVIS inside.

I'll be making a list of targets. Sourcing them here: CES Exhibitors

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

New Quantum V Video

They're working hard to sell this thing, and this is good.

3D Sensing Market

LED Inside

LEDinside has researched on the supply chain of 3D sensing, and points out that algorithm, emission pattern and patent will be the three key elements for 3D sensing development in the future. VCSEL/EEL wafer and chip foundries (e.g. IQE, VPEC, Win Semi, II-VI, Epistar, HLJ, AWSC) have increased their production capacity. Major VCSEL/EEL packaging companies include Lumentum, Finisar, Princeton Optronics, NeoPhotonics, Philips Photonics, OSRAM OS. As for different algorithms, PrimeSense, Mantis Vision, Qualcomm/Himax, Intel, etc. now focus on structured light technology, and STMicroelectronics, Google/Infineon/pmd, MicroVision, Orbbec, etc. use ToF technology. Apart from Apple, Samsung and ASUS, Chinese smartphone brands like Xiaomi, Lenovo, Huawei and OPPO, etc all plan to release new phones with 3D sensing,
Smartphone brands are now deploying in the market and seeking for cooperation within the supply chain. But obstacles still remain for future development of 3D sensing market, including obtaining patents, developing third-party application, and increasing the performance-price ratio.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The price of Pizza, May 22, 2010

This is a lesson in how a market can value something...

The market can under-value your something or over-value it. 

Right now a company that is licensing and transitioning from a bleeding-edge company to leading edge company in four key emerging technologies is trading at $1.50/share. (or is that 1000 pizzas in 2022.)

There was risk with bitcoin in 2010. There's some risk with MicroVision now. But I bet you wish you'd put a few hundred bucks into bitcoin in 2010, and just hung on to it.

as of December 6, 2017... 

On May 22, 2010, a developer bought two pizzas using 10,000 units of a then-little-known digital currency called bitcoin.

13450.00 * 10,000 = $134,500,000
That's $67,350,000 per pizza.

December 7, 2017

15969.00 * 10,000 = $159,690,000
That's $79,845,000 per pizza
I'm pretty sure this is going to be compared to the Tulip bubble of 1634 pretty soon.

Entertainment Industry -- Big Plans

So, what do you do in a self-driving car while you're getting somewhere?

Probably the same thing most people do for entertainment or to pass the time now. Use a screen.

Thanks Joe.

More at Source

Just think about how relaxing your commute would be in a world of self-driving cars. You hop into your vehicle, tell the computer your destination, and settle in for a peaceful ride to work. Perhaps you can even take a nap, right?

Not if the entertainment industry has anything to say about it. You’re a captive audience the whole journey, so what better time to bombard you with even more “immersive entertainment experiences”? Companies have seen the future, and they’re already making plans to monetize it.


With the average American spending more than 300 hours per year behind the wheel, entertainment execs hope that time can now be spent consuming content rather than driving. The Hollywood Reporter notes that some analysts predict that in-car streaming entertainment could result in as much as $200 billion per year in extra revenue. “Can the windshield be the movie screen of tomorrow?” asked Ted Schilowitz of Paramount Pictures.

Some of the possibilities involve in-cabin virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) experiences. “For example, a fan of the superhero Batman could enjoy riding in the Batmobile through the streets of Gotham City, while AR capabilities render the car a literal lens to the outside world, enabling passengers to view advertising and other discovery experiences,” writes Krzanich.


Although this technology is still a few years away, advertisers are already ahead of the curve. “We could deliver interactive, geolocated advertising based on nearby shops, restaurants and businesses,” said a rep from the National Association of Broadcasters.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Autonomous cars faster than you expected

Quicker than they expect, combine this with the video about disruptive technology from yesterday, and check out this, and the stack of Patents from Magna that point to Microvision... and things are looking really nice and really interesting.

BMW 2025 AD

The countdown to the mass production of autonomous cars has begun Рmuch sooner than most experts expected. Klaus Fr̦hlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Development, outlines his strategy.

.....In addition to Continental and Delphi, Fröhlich has now secured Magna as another Tier 1 supplier for the non-exclusive cooperation: "Three suppliers are sufficient for now, otherwise it will be too complex at some point. And we are assuming that the partnering with other car manufacturers has only just begun." Such a global network is important he says given that autonomous driving regulation will be in constant interplay with the progress of technical systems over the next 20 years. "At some point, all vehicles will use the same driverless technology. That's why we don’t think it makes sense to try to differentiate in the long term."...

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Happy 25th Text Messaging!!

Looking at disruptive technology, it's important to consider how quickly it can rise from nothing to seemingly being indispensable.

Enjoy the ride!!

The very first text message was sent 25 years ago, in 1992.

In 1993 the first phone that the first phone that supported sending text messages found its way into the market.

Like any new technology, initial growth for SMS was slow. The average American user sent 0.4 texts per month in 1995. Gradually, phones and networks adapted to better accommodate SMS. In 1999, texts could finally be exchanged between different networks, which increased its usefulness. By 2000, the average number of text messages sent in the U.S. increased to 35 a month per person."

First SMS Message CBC

World's first SMS text message sent 25 Years Ago

The man who sent the first ever text message 25 years ago has told British broadcaster Sky News that he is proud of his achievement.
British engineer Neil Papworth sent the first SMS (Short Message Service) from a computer to a mobile phone belonging to the then-director of Vodafone Richard Jarvis, he told Sky News.
The message read simply: "Merry Christmas."
Papworth said that Jarvis was unable to reply, because at that time it was not possible to send text messages from mobile phones, only to receive them.
According to Sky, in 2007 the U.K. was sending 66 billion text messages per year and by 2012 that had increased to 151 billion for SMS and MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service).
The U.K. currently sends 96 billion text messages every day, Sky reported.
"Texting isn't as popular as it once was," said CBC's Dominic Valitis, reporting from London. "The peak for messaging in the U.K. was 2012 ... but we've seen a steady decline since then."
Some experts believe, however, that although text messages are an extremely quick and popular form of communication, they are no match for speaking with someone in person.
"When you send someone a text message you often lose a lot of the context that you might get when you are speaking face to face," social media expert Toby Beresford told Sky News.
"And that's a real challenge for us in the new era."

Texting Statistics

Worldwide Texting Statistics (5/24/16)

1. The number of monthly texts sent increased more than 7,700% over the last decade. (Statistic Brain) (Tweet this!)
2. Over 560 billion texts are sent every month worldwide. (Statistic Brain) (Tweet this!)
3. 18.7 billion texts are sent worldwide every day, not including app-to-app messaging. (Statistic Brain) (Tweet this!)
4. (2017 Update) 15,220,700 texts are sent every minute of every day worldwide, not including app-to-app messaging. (Domo) (Tweet this!)
5. (2017 Update) 913,242,000 texts are sent every hour of every day worldwide, not including app-to-app messaging. (Domo) (Tweet this!)
6. (2017 Update) 22 billion texts are sent every day worldwide, not including app-to-app messaging. (Domo) (Tweet this!)
7. (2017 Update) 8 trillion texts are sent worldwide every year, not including app-to-app messaging. (Domo) (Tweet this!)
8. WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger combine for more than 60 billion messages sent every day. (The Verge) (Tweet this!)
9. 4.2 billion+ people text worldwide. (MBA Online) (Tweet this!)
10. Text messaging is the most used data service in the world. (Nielsen) (Tweet this!)

Video about Disruption

You'll get a lot from the first ten minutes or so. I liked the whole thing.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Ford Changing the World -- Updated

Those spinning gizmos will be replaced with tiny little LiDAR units.

GM Doesn't want to be left out. 

“Everything we are doing is geared to speed,” G.M.’s president, Daniel Ammann, told journalists at an event showcasing the cars on Tuesday.

To emphasize the company’s progress, Mr. Ammann said the cars would be ready for consumer applications in “quarters, not years.”

Meeting that goal would probably give G.M., the nation’s largest automaker, a jump on other companies developing self-driving models.
Career Day (This is old, and it hasn't been updated, FYI)

At about 1:07 in the video below you can see the infrared scanners working...