Monday, September 23, 2013

Osram Automotive

Osram Automotive Applications

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Headlamp control
dashboard/display dimming
Gesture recognition

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Alcatel One Touch Hero

One Touch Hero... recent demo

 An OLD video featuring MVIS... their new projector is MUCH better

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Pranav Mistry on the future of computing

It includes something about Pico Projection

If you want to go straight to the good part, go to 27 Minutes...

The link below is from 2009, but this technology is much closer to reality now than it was...

DisplayGround & Ted Talk..

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Is this a picop size and shape hole in a phone?

....Another odd feature is a back, square cutout toward the top of the phone. It's worth noting, though, that without any markings or logos, this isn't the final back—the back piece will probably be similar to the device shown in the KitKat statue video. The back is so non-final that it appears to be falling off in one picture. Keep in mind it shouldn't be a removable back, however, because last time the FCC said the back wasn't supposed to be removable.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

IPhone Docking projector

It uses the Android operating system!

Resolution not nearly as good as MVIS

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

New Attitudes toward TV viewing

New attitudes toward TV viewing have been identified in a new report from Ericsson.

ConsumerLab, the fourth annualreport looking at consumer trends in the TV area. Among the new findings, 72
per cent of respondents say they use mobile devices to watch video at least weekly, and 42 per cent of them do
so outside the home. 75 per cent of people multi-task by using mobile devices while watching TV.
Another new trend is that people are watching one piece of content across several locations and times. Ericsson
ConsumerLab calls this “place-shifted viewing.” And, 41 per cent of respondents aged 65-69 watch streamed
on-demand or time-shifted video more than once a week.

Anders Erlandsson, Senior Researcher at Ericsson ConsumerLab, said: “When the TV industry began talking
about mobile TV, everyone assumed it was going to consist mainly of professionally-made shorter video clips.
Now, we see a really interesting twist on that story. People are indeed watching shorter video sessions, but they
create the video clips themselves by pausing and resuming full-length TV shows and movies whenever it suits

“We also noticed that there is a continuing re-definition of television and video among consumers. Given that 82 per cent of people use YouTube or similar services at least monthly, we had to wonder whether watching a recipe online in the kitchen counts as ‘watching TV’ or just ‘getting instructions’,” Erlandsson continued. In fact, over half of the respondents state that their computer and Internet connection are integral parts of their TV and video consumption habits. Those tools enable viewers to pick and mix what, how, and when they watch
– similar to making a selection at a restaurant.

Erlandsson continued: “The quest has begun to become the first easy to use, à la carte TV solution provider that aggregates consumer TV and video needs. 

Consumers rank having an à la carte TV offering as the fifth most important aspect of their viewing experience.”All varieties of watching multimedia are important, and none is emerging as a clear favourite among consumers. Erlandsson continued: “Previously, we have seen rapid growth in on-demand viewing. Now we are seeing that trend taper offsomewhat, but among people aged 55-59, the growth is dramatic – with an 18 per cent increase in on-demand viewing more than weekly since 2011. 

All in all, it’s not yet time to say goodbye to classic television viewing. “Linear TV still has an important role for
consumers, and we don’t see any decline in frequency of usage. For example as many as 36 per cent of
respondents feel that watching live sports is a very important part of their TV habits,” Erlandsson said.
The research was done in Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Russia, South Korea,
Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, UK and the US. In all, 30 home interviews in four major cities and 15,000 online
interviews with broadband users were conducted.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Other Uses for PicoP

Performance of a scanning laser line striper in outdoor lighting

Christoph Mertz1

Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA, USA 15213;

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Business update from Microvision

September 5th, 2013
by Dawn Goetter

Link to official MVIS Blog and this content

Since our last earnings call, the MicroVision team has been busy in our efforts to secure design wins for our patented PicoP® display technology and to strengthen our supply chain – two of our main operational goals for 2013. As we cross the threshold from summer into fall and with nearly two months before our next earnings call when we typically provide an in-depth update, we wanted to share some recent news and revisit our progress year-to-date.
We continue to focus on two primary markets for PicoP display technology – consumer electronics and automotive Head Up displays (HUD) with a focus on embedded applications.  MicroVision announced yesterday that we have made significant progress with a leading global Tier-One Automotive supplier as we move further in the design win process with them. We have been engaged with this Tier-One for some time in the multi-phase design win process for qualifying our HUD solution to be adopted as part of their embedded HUD application for at least one major automotive OEM. This recent milestone achievement includes supplying them with multiple prototype Scanned Engine Subsystems (SES) for reliability testing. The process for adopting new technology into an embedded automotive system is a rigorous one and we are pleased to move to this stage with a leading Tier-One supplier. In addition to providing the SESs we are supporting the Tier-One with engineering services and expect to deliver the systems and commence the testing before the end of the year.
One question we received about this announcement is whether it is the same company as the auto manufacturer we announced a development agreement with in 2011 or the Fortune Global 100 electronics brand we announced a development agreement with in April of this year– it is not the same company nor is it related to either of those development agreements. In the automotive market, in addition to the engagement with this leading global tier-one auto supplier, we continue to support the major auto manufacturer from the 2011 announcement in its ongoing evaluation of PicoP display technology, and we are also in discussions with other auto manufacturers and Tier-One suppliers for embedded HUD.
 In the Aftermarket HUD arena, Pioneer Corp. earlier this summer launched an updated version of its augmented reality CYBER Navi that incorporates PicoP display technology. They added crowd sourced traffic data features to the product called “Smart Loop Eye” and continue to market the product in Japan. As our first commercial deployment of PicoP® Gen 2 based on direct green lasers, we were very pleased with the high quality of the components that we delivered to Pioneer, achieving a return rate of below 1 percent.  We also were happy to receive Pioneer’s feedback that direct green lasers, in their commercial debut, were readily available and performed very well.  We continue to evaluate aftermarket HUD opportunities but believe that embedded HUD is the long term play in this segment. Multiple analyst reports published recently forecast double digit growth in HUD in the next five years.
On the consumer electronics front, we also continue to make progress. In April we announced a multi-million dollar development agreement with a Fortune Global 100 electronics company. We are extremely focused on supporting this company’s development of a display engine based on PicoP display technology. Our engineering team is working closely with their engineers as they develop a display engine that capitalizes on the reference design we have for PicoP display technology and advances the solution to meet their unique requirements. We can’t discuss in any detail the products they are considering, but from what they have shared with us, we are excited by the possibilities.
We are also actively pursuing additional business opportunities with other consumer electronics OEMs that are interested in including PicoP display technology as part of their product roadmaps. Some of these companies are candidates for vertical integration of our components for their own display engine under a licensing agreement. Some OEMs are interested in integrating a complete display engine solution from a design manufacturer for a quicker time to market. For this latter group of OEMs, we are working with supply partners to offer these go-to-market options.  We are working closely with these partners but like to keep these activities “under the radar”. Ours is a competitive industry and maintaining confidential relationships while in the development phase is insurance against disruption by the competition. 
In other supply chain news, we are asked frequently about the supply and cost of direct green lasers. Direct green lasers became commercially available in mid-2012 from two suppliers as we had discussed in many communications before that time. We are not procuring lasers directly now as we did when we were manufacturing SHOWWX™ pico projectors, but we do maintain a relationship with the laser manufacturers and participate in discussions and negotiations in support of our customer and supply chain partners. As we forecast, the pricing of direct green lasers is significantly lower than the earlier synthetic green lasers – a mere fraction of the price in fact. As volume ramps up and additional suppliers come into the market, we expect that the prices can come down even more. And like any new, cutting edge technology, the companies pioneering their introduction in the market continue to make advances with them. Recently Adrian Avramescu from Osram Opto Semiconductors revealed significant advances in the performance of the company’s green and blue laser diodes while speaking at the International Conference on Nitride Semiconductors. This progress for direct green lasers comes less than a year after they first announced commercial availability.
The remainder of 2013 promises to be as busy for MicroVision as the earlier part of the year. We have reached multiple milestones in our development agreement with the Fortune Global 100 electronics company and remain focused on achieving the remaining milestones and negotiating the supply and licensing agreements. We are readying the SES systems for delivery for reliability testing with the global Tier-One automotive supplier as a precursor to additional development and commercialization activities, and we are in discussions and evaluation with multiple consumer electronics and HUD prospects. We are also preparing to speak at multiple investor conferences in the coming weeks and we are scheduled to exhibit in October at the SID Vehicle Display Symposium in Michigan – the hub of the auto market in the US. And of course we also continue to develop enhanced features and capabilities for PicoP display technology.
- See more at:

Link to Official MVIS Blog

Proof of Microvision's Connection with Ford

Neil Evans of Microvision answering questions.

Answers a couple of questions -- one being the cost of green lasers

Another -- Microvision working with Ford on HUD.

It's all interesting, but the Ford confirmation is right after 4:40.

Ford owned Jaguar & Land Rover until 2008.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Tier-One Automotive Supplier

MicroVision Supplies Prototype Scanned Engine Subsystems to Leading Global Tier-One Automotive Supplier

Key Milestone Achieved in Design Win Process for Embedded Head Up Display
REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--September 04, 2013-- 
MicroVision, Inc. (NASDAQ: MVIS), a leader in innovative ultra-miniature projection display technology, today announced it is supplying multiple prototype Scanned Engine Subsystems (SES) to a leading global Tier-One automotive supplier (Tier-1), an important milestone in the multi-phased design win process for the Tier-1's embedded Head Up Display (HUD) application. The SES systems will be part of the Tier-1's reliability testing and characterization for potential use of PicoP(R) display technology in an embedded HUD application for at least one major automotive OEM. The order includes engineering services along with the prototype systems.
Rigorous evaluation and testing are integral elements in the process automotive suppliers follow to qualify components for inclusion in production automotive systems, in this case an embedded HUD. This Tier-1 supplier purchased multiple automotive PicoP(R) Evaluation Kits from MicroVision in Q3 and Q4 of 2012 as part of its overall, comprehensive evaluation process. Moving to the reliability testing phase of the program is a precursor to further development and commercialization activities. Delivery of the units and commencement of acceptance testing are expected before the end of the year.
MicroVision's HUD system based on patented PicoP(R) display technology offers many advantages, including:
   -- High contrast that produces a clear see-through display with no 
      background color. For night driving there is no background "glow" 
      resulting in clear visibility of the projected information. 
   -- High brightness, brilliant colors and a wide color gamut that enhance HUD 
      information in varied natural backgrounds and in daytime lighting 
   -- Ability to create an augmented reality display that presents information 
      as if it is floating several feet in front of the driver. 
   -- Efficiency and power savings as a result of pixel-by-pixel modulation 
      that produces light only when needed. 
   -- Small form factor for flexibility in embedded installation. 
Discussing the growing HUD market, Ben Scott, technology solutions analyst for IHS Automotive, noted, "Projecting an image that floats about 2.5 meters, or 7.5 feet, in front of motorists' eyes, HUDs are the optimal display technology for cars--with studies having shown that this distance delivers the fastest response time for viewers. Apart from showing speed and warning signals, HUDs are perfectly suited for displaying navigation information or advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) data, allowing drivers to access critical material while keeping their eyes on the road." According to a recent report from IHS Automotive, the leading provider of comprehensive content, expertise and insight on the global automotive industry, worldwide sales of cars equipped with HUDs are set to expand by more than a factor of seven from 2012 to 2020.
About MicroVision
MicroVision is the creator of PicoP(R) display technology, an ultra-miniature laser projection solution for mobile consumer electronics, automotive head-up displays and other applications. MicroVision's patented display technology helps OEMs break down display boundaries and offer enhanced visibility to mobile experiences. Nearly two decades of research has led MicroVision to become an independently recognized leader in the development of intellectual property. MicroVision's IP portfolio has been recognized by the Patent Board as a top 50 IP portfolio among global industrial companies and is also included in the Ocean Tomo 300 Patent Index. The company is based in Redmond, Wash.
For more information, visit the company's website at, on Facebook at or follow MicroVision on Twitter at @MicroVision.
MicroVision and PicoP are trademarks of MicroVision, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.
Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements contained in this release, including those relating to future products and technology development and those containing words such as "will" are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the company's forward-looking statements include the following: our ability to raise additional capital when needed; products incorporating our PicoP display engine may not achieve market acceptance, commercial partners may not perform under agreements as anticipated, we may be unsuccessful in identifying parties interested in paying any amounts or amounts we deem desirable for the purchase or license of IP assets, or our customers' failure to perform under open purchase orders; our financial and technical resources relative to those of our competitors; our ability to keep up with rapid technological change; government regulation of our technologies; our ability to enforce our intellectual property rights and protect our proprietary technologies; the ability to obtain additional contract awards; the timing of commercial product launches and delays in product development; the ability to achieve key technical milestones in key products; dependence on third parties to develop, manufacture, sell and market our products; potential product liability claims; and other risk factors identified from time to time in the company's SEC reports, including the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC. Except as expressly required by federal securities laws, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in circumstances or any other reason.
    CONTACT: MicroVision, Inc. 
Dawn Goetter, 425-882-6629 (investors)
Joani Jones, 503-471-6863 (media/PR)
    SOURCE: MicroVision, Inc. 
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