Friday, August 18, 2017

Soap Dispenser

oops.... using a visual detector didn't work so well. perhaps infrared laser scanning will work better.... 

"Racist Soap Dispenser"


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Apple investing hugely in Hollywood programming

So, it doesn't mean anything directly, except there is a lot of positioning going on in the content realm. There's more and more content, more and more demand for content, and as illustrated here, they're paying a lot for it.

As the world also moves toward mobile, this is meaningful and something to keep tabs on.


Wall Street Journal


Apple Inc. AAPL -0.53% has set a budget of roughly $1 billion to procure and produce original content over the next year, according to people familiar with the matter—a sign of how serious the iPhone maker is about making a splash in Hollywood.

Combined with the company’s marketing clout and global reach, that immediately makes Apple a considerable competitor in a crowded market where new media players and traditional media companies are vying to acquire original shows. The figure is about half what Time Warner Inc.’s HBO spent on content last year and on par with estimates of what Amazon.com Inc. spent in 2013, the year after it announced its move into original programming.

Apple could acquire and produce as many as 10 television shows, according to the people familiar with the plan, helping fulfill Apple Senior Vice President Eddy Cue’s vision of offering high-quality video—similar to shows such as HBO’s “Game of Thrones”—on the company’s streaming-music service or a new, video-focused service.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Yes, you can play Doom on a thermostat, and it matters...

It's another display. 

It's another computer that needs a display -- and it's that capable. 

For the youngsters out there, in 1993, Doom required a good computer at the time to play it well. 

That amount of computing horsepower is now found in a thermostat.

To make all these items in the internet of things work -- they need displays. Bigger displays in smaller packages are preferable.

If a nerd with extra time on his hands can make Doom work on a thermostat....

MotherboardVice



How to buy a computer in 1993


Friday, August 11, 2017

Ultrafast WiFi

The better the fast mobile data, the better the ecosystem for PicoP.

Telegraph

The researchers sent video signals using terahertz, rather than traditional microwaves, at speeds of 50 gigabytes per second. Most wireless networks only operate at top speeds of 500 megabytes a second.

The breakthrough could lead to high-speed streaming on the go.

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Experiments showed that transmissions were error-free up to 10 gigabits per second, which is much faster than today's standard Wi-Fi speeds.

Error rates increased slightly when the speed was boosted to 50 gigabits per second but were still well within the range that can be fixed using error correction systems which are commonly used in today's communications networks.

Back to the slide...

During the most recent stockholder meeting, we got to see and hear a lot of interesting things.

The slide below has been posted here before.

Among the things said when this slide was up (or around that time, recording isn't allowed...) was that doing embedded heads up display for a major automaker has a LONG lead time -- 5 years, and that it will require a significant investment on the part of MicroVision to capitalize on the sales that will result five years from now.

Note that heads up display, embedded, shows up at the year 2021+

...unfortunately, someone does seem to get news before the rest of us... 



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Seriously folks, Chill about North Korea.

To be a genuine threat you need reliability.

That's something they don't have. 

This one was aimed at the ocean. They missed...


Samples to order....




78 Days last time.... I expect a larger order more quickly on this one. (October 19) Guidance weighted income to second half of the year....






MicroVision Begins Shipping Samples to Customers of Its Small Form Factor Display Engine


REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 27, 2016-- MicroVision, Inc. (NASDAQ: MVIS), a leader in innovative ultra-miniature projection display and sensing technology, today announced that it has begun on-schedule customer shipments of samples of its new, small form factor display engine.

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MicroVision Receives First Order for Small Form Factor Display Engine for $6.7 Million

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 15, 2017-- MicroVision, Inc. (NASDAQ: MVIS), a leader in innovative ultra-miniature projection display and sensing technology, today announced that it has received a $6.7 million order for its small form factor display engine (model PSE-0403-103) from an Asian electronics device manufacturer. The customer plans to embed the MicroVision display engines in smartphones.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Lost City of the Monkey God & The Most important Sensor

The book club I'm a member of is thick with physicians. They were really enamored with the medical implications of the trip to the jungle highlighted in the book. You don't want  Leishmaniasis -- really you don't.

But this book had a very interesting description of LiDAR and why it was important for exploration. The importance and value of a point cloud. 

Microvision will make it inexpensive and everywhere.... "mid-range LiDar."


CBS This morning -- Lost City


Microvision Twitter

SemiEngineering.com

Reality check
Put in perspective, LiDAR is an well-known technology that has finally found a lucrative market application.
“The principle of LiDAR – the light sent through the pulse and echo of time-of-flight – has not really changed,” said one industry source. “The physics have not changed ever since its invention, for the past 40 years or so. The evolving changes are more in the components and system integration. There’s no fundamental principle change.”
Flash LiDAR has been in development for the past five years, the source noted, likening it to a CMOS image sensor. “This is an area to watch for—the flash LiDAR technology. It promises a very low cost of solution, not necessarily high performance.”
Kevin Watson, senior director of product engineering at Redmond, Wash.-based MicroVision, a publicly held company, disagrees. “I don’t think that’s going to go anywhere,” he said of flash LiDAR. “For many years, the Holy Grail of LiDAR sensors we thought to be a MEMS mirror-based laser scanner, because they’re super-small, relatively inexpensive to manufacture in great quantity, and very reliable. They’re small enough to hide several around an automobile.”
Watson calls LiDAR “the most important sensor” in automotive electronics. “Vision systems are great, but they’re a totally passive system. LiDAR is active.”
But LiDAR also has its limitations. Radar can recognize a wall and has a longer range and it also works in fog, while LiDAR and vision can be confounded. Achieving Level 4 autonomy, the next-to-highest level, is “a ways off,” said Watson, adding that may not be realized for a decade. “It’s a very, very tough problem. It’s just a lot of work.”


Sense: PSE-0403Li-101 3D Sensing Mid-Range LiDAR Engine

To showcase how our PicoP® scanning technology can be applied as a 3D sensor, we’ll be running a demo of our mid-range LiDAR prototype. The demonstration is a development system with some of the capabilities we plan for our commercial engine, of which we expect to ship samples in the second half of this year. Benefits of this cost effective sensing engine include small size, high resolution, low power, dynamic programming of resolution and frame rate to suit applications needs, and low persistence.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Virtual Retinal Display



Business Wire, Virtual Retinal Display

Americas: largest VRD market
The Americas accounted for almost 92% of the global VRD market in 2016, followed by EMEA. The US is the leading country in the region, followed by Canada. The US is expected to continue to be a leading technology provider due to the presence of companies such as Avegant, Magic Leap, and MicroVision. As the technology is new, these companies will try to capture the American market first, then later try to penetrate the other regions. So, for the next five years, the Americas will be the dominant region for VRD devices. There are several projects related to smart glasses and HMDs lined up, and there is a huge demand for AR technology in the US.
Sunil Kumar Singh, a lead analyst at Technavio for displays research asserts, “The Americas is also one of the earliest adopters of AR, and there are a number of apps being developed for iOS and Android. This gives good potential for VRD technology providers such as MicroVision to penetrate the Americas.”