Monday, June 26, 2017

Added to Russell 3000

June 26, 2017 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time


REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MicroVision, Inc. (NASDAQ: MVIS), a leader in innovative ultra-miniature projection display and sensing technology, today announced it has been added as a member of the broad-market Russell 3000® Index, effective after the US market opens on June 26, as part of the 2017 Russell indexes reconstitution.

Annual reconstitution of the Russell indexes captures the 4,000 largest US stocks as of May 12th, ranking them by total market capitalization. Membership in the Russell 3000® Index, which remains in place for one year, means automatic inclusion in the large-cap Russell 1000® Index or small-cap Russell 2000® Index as well as the appropriate growth and value style indexes. FTSE Russell determines membership for its Russell indexes primarily by objective, market-capitalization rankings and style attributes.

“We are extremely pleased that MicroVision has been added to the Russell 3000 Index,” said Alexander Tokman, President and CEO of MicroVision. “This inclusion is a nice acknowledgement of the progress we have made in the past several years with our growth strategy, and we look forward to continuing on this path.”

Russell indexes are widely used by investment managers and institutional investors for index funds and as benchmarks for active investment strategies. Approximately $8.4 trillion in assets are benchmarked against Russell’s US indexes. Russell indexes are part of FTSE Russell, a leading global index provider.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Thanks for The Tour

The local 1st Robotics team and I thank you for the tour!!





Somehow, this kind of rocket launch seems appropriate.....




Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Strict Non-disclosures, Apple's War on Leakers

This is posted because it is an example of the seriousness with which companies take secrecy and non-disclosure agreements. (This post has nothing to do with any possibility that Microvision may or may not be involved with any of Apple's plans.)

During the recent stockholders' meeting, the statement was made that the NDA's for the company's recent development contract are the strictest they have been under yet.

That's a significant reason for me changing the way I am posting information on this blog. Much of the content here was about where Microvision's technology may show up. If the "right answer" were to be stumbled upon -- would another company interpret it as a leak? If so, would that damage the company? (I am an investor, and don't want to do that.)

So, I eagerly anticipate hearing about the next orders for the engines that are entering mass production. I'm keeping the dot-connecting to myself and a few close friends. I have never been more excited about the potential for this company.

I only just noticed that Walt sent this to me yesterday. I saw it first on the Drudge Report. Thanks Walt, and thanks Jason as well. (was off the grid yesterday -- thanks SSBN Louisiana Crew!!)





The Outline -- I strongly encourage people to read this.


A recording of an internal briefing at Apple earlier this month obtained by The Outline sheds new light on how far the most valuable company in the world will go to prevent leaks about new products.

The briefing, titled “Stopping Leakers - Keeping Confidential at Apple,” was led by Director of Global Security David Rice, Director of Worldwide Investigations Lee Freedman, and Jenny Hubbert, who works on the Global Security communications and training team..... 

--- more at the source.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Hokanen in Mems Journal

There's much more at the source. 

Re-posted by Microvision today.






MEMS Journal: Why did you choose to form a partnership to co-develop your LBS technology with ST Microelectronics and what does the partnership involve?
Jari Honkanen: We formed a close working relationship with STMicroelectronics over the past several years and recognized common interests and complementary skills in the LBS technology arena.  The co-marketing agreement is a framework for us to work collaboratively on sales and marketing of our respective LBS solutions.  We are also exploring the possibility of future technology development including a joint-LBS roadmap.  Bringing our complementary skills together to grow the market for LBS and applications that both companies are focusing on makes good sense, and both companies benefit from the relationship.  We benefit from ST’s expertise in semiconductor technology and its global customer reach, while ST benefits from our proprietary system, LBS engine and applications knowledge, and intellectual property.



MEMS Journal: Let’s switch topics a bit.  There are many companies pursuing LIDAR.  What is your take on this ADAS sensor technology and what are the main trends?

Jari Honkanen: LIDAR is one of the key enabling sensor technologies for ADAS, and eventually for self-driving vehicles, that enable cars to “see.”  In the current prototype systems, a single LIDAR sensor is typically used for long range environmental mapping and modeling.  However, there is an industry debate going on whether camera sensors, radar, or LIDAR is the best technology for this purpose. 

Camera sensors can be used to capture video of the environment and then the ADAS system can utilize computer vision algorithms to make sense of and analyze the environment.  What’s great about camera sensors is that one can distinguish and classify complex objects such as traffic signs or lane markings, as well as pedestrians or animals.  The challenge is that the camera can only see what it can see -- in other words, camera sensors have challenges in low light and bright sun light.  Also the vision algorithms require significant computing power.

When equipped with a radar sensor, the car transmits radio waves and interprets the back reflection.  Radar works great for the detection of large objects and can easily calculate speed and distance.  It also works on all weather and lighting conditions.  However, the challenge with radar is that it cannot distinguish color or differentiate between objects of the same size. 

Finally, LIDAR transmits light pulses and interprets the back reflection from objects.  The major benefit of LIDAR is that it can classify and detect specific objects and calculate distance.  It can also detect things like lane edges and it works during both dark and light conditions.  However, the challenge of LIDAR is that in inclement weather conditions the light can reflect from rain, snow or fog, reducing the sensor’s effectiveness.

These different sensor technologies have their strengths and weaknesses.  Hence, for the foreseeable future, cars will have to rely on a combination of these sensors.  This may also be desired for redundancy and safety.  The car industry can look to the aviation industry when it comes to redundancy and backup systems for safety.

But besides a single long range LIDAR for environment mapping and modeling, we believe that ADAS will have many applications for cost effective mid-range LIDAR systems.  We envision future cars to contain multiple mid-range LIDAR sensors performing a variety of ADAS applications, such as blind spot detection, parking assist, lane assist and departure warnings.
MEMS Journal: How does your LIDAR technology work?  And how does it measure up to other competing alternatives in terms of performance and cost?    

Jari Honkanen: For LIDAR applications we use our scanning MEMS mirror, but instead of visible light laser diodes, we utilize one or several invisible near infrared (IR) laser diodes.  The IR beam is reflected onto the biaxial MEMS scanning mirror that scans the beam in a raster pattern.  Our LIDAR system also contains an IR photodetector that will detect reflections from the scanner IR laser beam.  Since speed of light is constant and we know the time when we emit the specific laser pulse and when we receive the reflection back, we can calculate the distance to the object that the light reflected back from.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Sunday, June 11, 2017

What do YOU think the price of Microvision Might get to? (UPDATED Again)

** Updated because of requests/suggestions **

ADDED Expenditures
ADDED TAXES

So if you're holding this stock and wondering where it might go....

Once during the ASM I did this exercise with another shareholder, and asked if I was being reasonable. My own numbers don't really matter. Use your numbers.

There are several variables that factor into it:

  • How much do you think Microvision will earn each time PicoP is installed?
  • What % of smartphones sold world wide do you think will have it installed (eventually?)
  • What do you think the price to earnings ratio of Microvision's stock will be when that happens?
There are other variables that are there that you may wish to tweak:
  • The number of Microvision Shares outstanding (set to current number -- if you're worried about more dilution, adjust that number.)
  • The total smartphone market last year, 1.4 Billion were sold. If you think it's going to grow or shrink, adjust the number.
  • ADDED -- Annual expenditures. Set at 20 Million which is somewhat higher than current expenditures. Additional produced volume will not significantly increase expenditures. (With even minimal optimism, this number gets lost fairly quickly.)
  • ADDED TAXES -- Tax rates vary for companies, sometimes wildly. Sometimes they get tax benefits, they pay more some years than others. For purposes of this I put the default tax rate as the AVERAGE of the last several years found here: Microsoft Tax Rate. For the sake of simplicity, I left it at 22%. 
This exercise does NOT consider heads up displays, smart speakers, near eye displays, 3d scanning, self driving cars and robotics. There's more where this came from.

Compare PE ratios with current PE ratios of some tech companies....salesforce, yelp, grubhub, mobile eye, TakeTwo... 

Change any number in a box and click "calculate" and come up with your own.
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What's your price target?
How much do you think Microvision will profit for each PicoP sold?
What % of smartphones sold do you think will use it?
What do you think the PE of the stock will be when this happens?
Static Variables(you can still change)
Microvision Shares Outstanding
Total Smartphone market: 2016
Total Microvision expenditures annual
Effective Tax Rate (%)
* * * * * * * * *
Number of PicoP Installations you expect
Total Earnings Before Taxes you expect
Microvision Earnings After Taxes
Microvision Net Earnings Per Share
Microvision Price Per Share that you expect

Friday, June 9, 2017

At Least Temporary, Possibly Permanent Change

This blog was established as a repository for my own notes about Microvision; a place to store my notes about this company.

Over time, it has become far more public than I ever intended.

I believe that the company, in spite of recent stock price behavior is "out of the woods." 


The first of three standardized products are in mass production, and, as we heard at the stockholders' meeting, there is no shortage of opportunities for MicroVision. 

With standardized products in mass production, and nothing in the way of producing very large quantities of those products, there is little in the way of widespread adoption of the technology. It has significant advantages to competing technology in power-consumption / size / brightness / focus / interactivity. The case for large displays in small packages is so compelling (especially when the display is interactive) that I see little to hold us back at this point.

The changes will be as follows:

1) There will be fewer updates. (I have other things I need to and want to work on.)

2) There will be few if any specific potential customer names mentioned. We all know where to look. 


3) This may change.... 


Fast Follower Profile #1

Among the things demonstrated at the ASM was a mounted interactive projector. It's no secret that it would be for a device like this.

The touch-interactive engine goes into mass production this year and samples are available.

The Chairman of the board, Turner reported during the question and answer period that "everyone wants to work with us."  This is the point where a mass produced generic engine that is easily connected to devices starts making hay.

They can't count orders they don't have yet. "Fast Followers" are part of the consumer electronics landscape, however. 

So, you have to ask yourself some questions:

  • Which of these companies wants video functionality in their smart speaker?
  • Which of these companies wants to sell quick little smart-speaker ads?
  • Which competitors to these companies would put video in their smart speaker to add value ahead of these companies if they could?
  • In a situation where there's one quarter lead time to any quantity of engines will there be more orders?




CNN MONEY, SMART SPEAKERS

Amazon Echo  First Appeared November 6, 2014.

Google Home appeared in  2016

Apple HomePod, two and a half years behind, announces their product in June 2017.

Harman Kardon Invoke with Cortana, Scheduled for late 2017 launch.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Fast Followers

These categories and timeline is important.

Things that were talked about in the last ten years -- they come together this year.

... and a lot has been added.

"fast followers."






Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Projector Rumor Microsoft Surface Phone

It's a rumor, not sure of the source, but there it is.

I don't know how reliable this news is, but given past language from Microsoft about Continuum, I give it a "6"

I have no doubt that OnMSFT is being run responsibly.



onmsft.com

Some Chinese leaks appear to provide some details of Microsoft’s Windows phone successor which could possibly be called the Surface Mobile. The details were first found by Twitter user, h0x0d, who has often been a reliable Microsoft news tipster in the past.
In addition to the new name (previous leaks had suggested the ‘Surface Phone‘ brand), translations of the leaks reveal that the Surface Mobile will support the Surface Pen (like in the mock-up image above), will be powered by a Snapdragon processor, and will have a kickstand (like the Surface Pro and Surface PCs) that opens as far as 185 degrees.

Of particular note is a brand new feature for a Microsoft device called “Onto Table” which appears to be a built-in projector that can display a full desktop via Continuum. The Surface Mobile’s battery is stated as being able to last for up to an hour in this mode. (This could potentially be a wireless projection to another monitor but many are interpreting it as having literal projection capability).


Two new codenames are also dropped: ‘Surface Peking’ and ‘Surface Slavonia’. It’s unclear what these could be but they are mentioned alongside the word “terminal” which suggests they could be some sort of hardware similar to the Microsoft Display Dock used for Continuum functionality. ‘Surface Peking’ can be interpreted as ‘Surface Beijing’ as the names are interchangeable.

The codename ‘Project Andromeda’ is also mentioned however it’s rather ambiguous and could refer to the range of Surface Mobile devices or even the new operating system which is expected to be an evolution of Windows 10 Mobile.

All of this is pure rumor until we hear an official announcement from Microsoft but it definitely is exciting and does make one wonder if this is the exciting new mobile device Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella had spoken about.


Digit

Onmsft Main Page

Sunday, June 4, 2017

The path to the singularity.

All this computing power is going to need.... 3D scanning, large displays in small packages, (The internet of things -- where tiny devices collect a lot of information,) and near-eye displays.

The display might not be as glamorous as the logic chip, but it's an essential component.

You more reliably make money during the gold rush if you're selling picks, shovels, food and clothing to the miners...

And with STM as a partner on the way, and cooperation with Intel, MVIS is in the right place at the right time.





Saturday, June 3, 2017

New Motorola phone, new moto mods

With the small form-factor engine entering mass production, I think it's only a matter of time before PicoP ends up here.



Techlicious

Moto GamePad — Clip on this mod to the back of your Moto Z2 Play to morph it into a handheld gaming console with dual control sticks, D-pad and four action buttons. It comes with a built-in 1,035-mAh battery pack. The Moto GamePad will be available this summer for $79.99.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Pegatron showcases Electronic Car Cockpit

I'll be watching for more news about this. This is interesting....

taipeitimes

Pegatron showcases its new electronic car cockpit

‘REVOLUTION’:The firm spent several years on research and development before creating the cockpit, which integrates navigation systems with heads-up displays

Pegatron Corp (和碩), which assembles electronics from Apple Inc’s iPhones to Sony Corp’s game consoles, yesterday showcased its latest electronic car cockpit that integrates infotainment, instrument clusters and information displays as part of its efforts to expand into the automotive electronics sector.
Automotive is one of the company’s core businesses, in addition to notebooks and Internet of Things applications, Pegatron said, adding that it focuses on enhancing its technological capabilities in the three areas.
“It is becoming a trend for vehicles to be equipped with all-digital cockpits. Almost all functions will be done through displays,” Pegatron chief technology officer Steven Huang (黃中于) told a media briefing yesterday. “This is a revolution for the automotive industry.”

Thursday, June 1, 2017

...imagine an IPO...

SNAP is the ticker symbol for SnapChat

They call themselves a "camera company." 

Snap Inc. is a camera company.

We believe that reinventing the camera represents our greatest opportunity to improve the way people live and communicate.

Our products empower people to express themselves, live in the moment, learn about the world, and have fun together.


Most of us probably have encountered them as a company that allows children to take pictures of their parents and make them look stupid -- like this:




They lose a lot of money and seem to have no prospects for making much. 

Their new great invention was a brief flash, and hasn't been heard from since. (Snap Spectacles)

SNAP was trading higher just after its IPO. 


SNAP has retained a market cap of 25 Billion dollars. It seems to have stabilized around this level. 

25 Billion for a company that has a wearable camera that takes 10 second videos, and some filters for pictures you have taken.

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Now, consider a different company.

It not only has technology for these applications, but is beginning mass production on it's tiny projector that makes a portable large display.
  • Portable large displays
  • Portable large touch screens
  • 3D laser scanning Technology (really useful in Robots, self driving cars, and scanning environments for augmented reality applications.)
  • Near eye displays for Augmented reality applications
  • Projection for heads up displays.
SNAP is over valued here, but is this company worth more than SNAP?

My vote is yes.

Microvision's share price is currently holding at around $2. With a market capitalization equal to that of SNAP, the price will be right around $350.

If you're in, you're in early.

If you're not in yet, you have a fantastic opportunity.




Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Dual Screen Flip Phone?

There are a couple of ways you could imagine this. One as the artists rendering in the article.

Or maybe the old rendering from Microvision.....






IBTimes -- more at the source. (including aggravating ads.)

The highly-rumoured Samsung Flip Phone 4 bearing model number SM-G9298 has allegedly entered the testing phase as per the latest tweet originating from China.


Microvision Twitter, Size of Market

1.4 Billion smartphones were sold world wide last year.

435 million mobile phone viewers in CHINA. That's a lot of people who will directly benefit from PicoP -- which is entering mass production.

This is just in case you had any doubts about the size market for PicoP. 

Microvision is producing with it's manufacturing and marketing partner ST Microelectronics.

The market is enormous -- and the one very consistent demand among smartphone users is "Bigger screen." Which is at war with their demand for "easier to carry."

PicoP turns contradictory demands into something that is easily possible.



Microvision's Twitter Feed

Rapid TV News



Research from eMarketer has found that China will have more than 435 million mobile video viewers in 2017, the rapid growth driven by what the researcher says is a seemingly insatiable demand for content and services.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Tactical Augmented Reality

The video is a little cartoonish, but this is very interesting and very promising. 

This is a space that Microvision has been active with in the past. They have had contracts to develop this kind of technology with the likes of Lockheed Martin. 

NOMAD was displayed at CES 2016.  (It outclassed other AR displays I saw there.)

OLD NOMAD ARTICLE 

The issues they had to "overcome" (highlighted below) Picop is certainly able to do...



Microvision / Lockheed Martin

US ARMY

WASHINGTON (Army News Service) -- A novel technology called "Tactical Augmented Reality," or TAR, is now helping Soldiers precisely locate their positions, as well as the locations of friends and foes, said Richard Nabors. 

It even enables them to see in the dark, all with a heads-up display device that looks like night-vision goggles, or NGV, he added. So in essence, TAR replaces NVG, GPS, plus it does much more.

Nabors, an associate for strategic planning at U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, spoke about TAR at the Pentagon's Lab Day, Thursday.

Geek

The key, according to electronics engineer David Fellowes, was miniaturizing the image to fit the one-inch screen. Existing tech can compress pixels enough to fit on a smartphone-sized window. But CERDEC’s main challenge was creating new hardware to meet their needs.

By 2010, the department achieved that goal, creating a system that works in black-and-white and a greenish monochrome, which has already been fielded in certain units.

And while those versions are bright enough to be seen in daylight, CERDEC wants to produce more advanced models in full color, with an advanced brightness display.

“TARs will provide soldiers with a much higher level of situational awareness than they currently have,” Fellowes said, adding that he expects the devices will “save lives and contribute to mission success.”

Essential Phone -- Andy Rubin

The Essential phone popped up on the radar a couple of months ago. 

It's being headed by the creator of Android, Andy Rubin.

It's Modular (Still a better bet than embedded for now.) Motorola's moto-mods and it's moto-mod projector did quite well.


From STUFF -- more at the source





More than a mere startup, Essential is headed by Android creator Andy Rubin – a man who presumably knows what goes into making a great smartphone.

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The Essential Phone won't be arriving on its lonesome - it'll be joined by a whole host of modular accessories that (according to company head honcho Andy Rubin) "keep your phone cord-free, future-proof, and always up-to-date".

Right now, this includes a minature 360° camera capable of 4K video recording at 30fps, and the Essential Phone Dock for wireless charging.

It's all thanks to the Click cordless connector, which sits on the back of the phone so you don't have to mess around with powering down just to switch out accessories - like you did on the LG G5.

Other accessories are still a mystery, but clearly Essential reckons it'll be a major reason to pick up a phone come launch day. With no headphone jack on board (just a dongle in the box), maybe that should be high on the list of modular upgrades.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

iBeacons at Gatwick Airport

Interesting part of the ecosystem for augmented reality. When near-eye displays are available, this is the kind of thing you'll be able to wear.

Notice that it has a feed-back system. Could save tons of time for a lot of people, because it could tell you to hustle up, or not-bother if you're too far away and would cause a huge delay. 

This relatively simple thing could save a lot of people a lot of time and prevent needless airline delays -- which are really expensive.





Gatwick Airport, the UK’s second busiest airport after London Heathrow, has installed 2,000 battery-powered iBeacons for indoor navigation and passenger tracking.

Available across Gatwick Airport’s two terminals, the system is accurate up to three meters, much more reliable than GPS and enables an augmented-reality wayfinding tool so passengers can be shown directions in the camera view of their mobile device.

It could be used to inform passengers they’re running late and help them avoid missing flights.

Conceivably, Gatwick Airport could also take advantage of iBeacons for efficient queue management and to reduce congestion by being able to determine whether to offload luggage if a late passenger is far away.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Skreens

The ecosystem for screens that can proliferate with little physical presence will be helped dramatically when managing the sources of the video content gets easier.

All of this improves the ecosystem for PicoP adoption.

I know almost nothing about this company, but it appears to me they're onto something.

Skreens

Skreens For Smarthome

Skreens simple and powerful interface allows you to deliver experiences combining broadcast and streaming video, gaming, social media and Internet content, home automation and security feeds seamlessly combined on a single screen.
Increase customer satisfaction by making entertainment more enjoyable, news more informative, games more fun, and home automation more accessible.
Improve your revenues with Skreens; simply and amplify the value of all the services to your home entertainment solution.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Everyone KNOWS Best Buy is going down, right?

Watch this one unfold. 

37,000,000 shares short.  

Short Float13.65%

At Finviz


Renault to Acquire Software R&D from Intel



There is a LOT of interest in this area, and a lot of moving parts.  

What the exact results of this deal will be we don't know. It's possible that Renault wants to sell technology as much as automobiles. 

In the realm of hardware for self driving cars, Microvision has a very nice place at the table. A great mid-range laser scanning technology.

Don't forget the recent highlighting of cooperation between Microvision and Intel. (This is no accident.)

AutomotiveIT


The R&D unit specializes in embedded software, which is important for the development of connected and autonomous cars. Renault said the acquisition, set to be finalized this year, will bring more than 400 software experts to the company.

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The transaction doesn’t mean Intel, the world’s largest chipmaker, is losing interest in the car industry. The California-based company has recently stepped up its automotive activities, focusing on autonomous-driving technologies.
Earlier this month, Intel opened a Silicon Valley innovation center for autonomous driving. And in March, it signed a definitive agreement to acquire sensor specialist Mobileye. Sensors are an important source of data future cars will need to drive autonomously.
To address the major technological challenges of the future and pursue profitable growth, Renault has four primary focuses: international development; complementary coverage across its three brands (Renault, Dacia and Renault Samsung Motors); electric vehicles; and its alliance with Nissan.


Just-Auto

"They'll be bringing Renault expertise, advanced methods and tools, plus access to a sound network of suppliers, laboratories and partner companies. Some teams already have automotive-specific skills in multimedia and connectivity."



The acquisition will proceed through Groupe Renault purchasing a company formed by Intel to take in the embedded software R&D activity at the Toulouse and Sophia Antipolis sites. The new company will be attached to the Groupe Renault Alliance Systems Engineering Department.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Verizon to offer new Video Streaming service

This is pretty interesting. This would probably be an ad-driven model for profit. That is one of the reasons that the Yahoo acquisition is important to it.


TechCrunch


Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam confirmed the company’s plans to launch an over-the-top streaming service later this year, according to a report from Variety, citing remarks the CEO made at a telecom conference in Boston this week. Verizon (which owns TechCrunch parent company AOL), will use the combined platform of AOL and Yahoo – and their 1.3 billion users – to test the new platform, McAdam said.
The company expects to close on its acquisition of Yahoo mid-June, so the over-the-top service could arrive any time after that.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Improved Battery Life

Improving battery life is going to have HUGE benefits for mobile devices. If this is what it's cracked up to be, it's just another thing improving the ecosystem for PicoP.

Thanks for the heads-up Joe.

Treehugger.com

If your phone's battery life is the bane of your existence, then this is for you. Engineers at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), led by Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Ruyan Guo, have developed a chip that can extend the battery life of almost any gadget.
The tiny chip is only the size of a pinhead, but its potential is great. The chip can make lower power electronics like smartphones work much more efficiently, cutting back on the number of times you have to plug in and slashing the energy consumption of the electronics in our lives.
"This chip can be used with anything that runs on a battery," said UTSA researcher Shuza Binzaid. "It manages power so that the device can last longer."
When people want to extend the life of their phone's battery, usually that means switching it into low power mode which turns off many of the phone's functions in order to preserve the battery charge. With the chip, the same power sipping mode could be achieved while the phone was running at full functionality.

UltraHaptics

This is a company that deserves to be on everyone's radar.

As Augmented Reality gets going, I'm quite sure that this is going to be everywhere. Gesture control is cool, but if you can make it feel like you're manipulating someTHING, that's way better -- the gestures will be more precise.


Microvision will be involved  -- putting stuff in thin are requires knowing where things in thin air are. (After all, they need a display -- AND the 3D scanning -- and probably touch-projection too.)


TheMemo

In your car. In your kitchen. Ultrahaptics lets you feel objects that don't really exist.

Minority Report set our expectations high.

After watching it, we all figured that soon, just like Tom Cruise, we’d be waving our hands in mid-air to get shit done.

Now though, Ultrahaptics is making gesture control a reality: in your car, in your kitchen, everywhere.

“We’re better than Minority Report – you don’t have to wear gloves,” says co-founder Tom Carter.


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“Ultrahaptics lets you feel things in the air,” he explains. “We can make the sensations of buttons or switches, or enable you to feel 3D objects and sensations that don’t exist in the real world.”

Review of Sony Xperia Touch

While we aren't in this particular device, this device has significant limitations - limited screen size, limited portability and a significant price among them.

This review is largely about the utility of the touch interactivity of the projection.

While this is getting great reviews in the tech world it is still largely unknown outside that world. This is the kind of thing that once word gets out will bring some significant good attention to Microvision.

Put the new touch-interactive engine in the PicoBit, and you have one of these that fits in your shirt pocket, has a larger screen, and never needs to be focused.

FactsChronicle


Monday, May 22, 2017

Next Great Computer Interface - view of the future

How will AR be used? This is a vision.

The list of relationships at the end is pretty intriguing.




I don't think Pokemon Go is the pinnacle of AR. It's kind of like the Solitaire for Windows 3. It's a killer app at a certain time, a big milestone,” John Werner said at Singularity University’s Exponential Manufacturing Summit in Boston.

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Augmented reality isn’t all that new, Werner pointed out. We’ve been overlaying digital information on the real world for a while. Pilots use it to keep track of digital gauges, and NFL broadcasts include a digital yellow line on the field to show how far teams have to go for a first down.

But his vision goes far beyond Pokémon Go and yellow lines on a football field.

The rapidly falling cost and convergence of the underlying technologies are conspiring to make AR more usable, comfortable, and suitable for the mainstream. Most importantly, whereas AR is now largely constrained to 2D screens, it’s becoming immersive and wearable.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

News 163


Thanks Joe for sending me this article.


News 163

(Original title: laser projection phone will have "Jinan made")

  "Most of China's mobile phone production, research and development institutions in the South, and now this pattern is changing." March 4, high-tech zone management committee director Xu Qun in Raja car Shandong Intelligent Industrial Park settled in Jinan High-tech Zone signing ceremony Say.
 The signing, marking a number of its own brand of mobile phone Rui Jiake Group will innovate Valley base to build its northern headquarters, is mainly responsible for laser projection mobile phones and mobile intelligent terminal research and development, production and sales operations. "This is the first admission of the professional park", high-tech zone Innovation Valley Development Center Deputy Director Ma Hongjun told reporters that the current innovation Valley about 300 registered enterprises, most enterprises engaged in mobile Internet development, application work. "Innovation Valley is now talking about a mobile Internet company, successfully signed this year." Was positioned as "China Silicon Valley" innovation Valley, there is no traditional plant, but to high-tech products, production, research and development, sales-oriented The Rui Jiake Group in this area of ​​203 acres of mobile intelligent industrial park construction, will drive more than 100 upstream and downstream supporting enterprises, in the formation of mobile terminal industry chain. Rui Jiake Group Chairman Wang said that innovation is the gathering place of colleges and universities, where the industrial base and talent advantages are conducive to the industrial park hatch out of mobile intelligent high-end products.
  It is understood that Rui Jiake will invest in the industrial park to build 50,000 square meters of intelligent manufacturing base, the construction of smart phones and related intelligent products production line, as the Northern District production center and research and development centers, responsible for the Group's existing ODM products and The brand "green orange" and "VOGA" products to expand production capacity, responsible for the newly developed laser projection phone, intelligent wear and other intelligent hardware production, the annual production capacity of up to 600 million units.
  "Smooth, Rui Jiake annual sales revenue can reach 100 billion, the local economy to pay more than 2 billion tax, attracting 12,000 jobs." Ma Hongjun said the project is taking the procedure, is expected to start in June, two years later All built. (Reporter Wang Jing) ● Related Links What is a laser projection phone?
  Simply put, the laser projection phone is a handheld home theater. It can be projected to the wall of the phone screen, the ceiling, you can connect with the Bluetooth, speakers, anytime, anywhere to open up their own private cinema. Can also be used instead of PPT.
      In the mobile phone market, laser projection phone can be described as high and low.Although the market has long been a projection phone, due to the high demand for optoelectronic technology, currently only foreign Samsung, the domestic general and several other enterprises R & D, production of such products. At present, the laser projection technology in the mobile phone application bottleneck is mainly reflected in the poor experience of life and the projection resolution is too low. After all, increase the projection function not only to the thickness of the phone, the appearance of compromise, but also in the projection of the brightness and effect greatly reduced. Therefore, although the laser projection mobile phone market demand, but limited to technology, has not yet fully popularized.

Qualcomm sues Apple, Foxconn, Pegatron, Wistron

This will be interesting to watch.... 

Some of my friends are puzzled when I say I don't really want Apple to be the first company to incorporate PicoP on a large scale.... I wouldn't ever want to be dependent on doing business with Apple.


Techspot

Qualcomm is escalating its patent dispute with Apple by suing the contractors that build iPhones for the Cupertino-based company. Filed Wednesday in a federal district court in San Diego, the lawsuit accuses Compal Electronics, Foxconn, Pegatron and Wistron of breaching patent-licensing agreements with Qualcomm by halting royalty payments on Qualcomm technology used in iPhones and iPads.

Apple originally sued Qualcomm for $1 billion, saying that the mobile chip maker had been dramatically overcharging it for the use of basic patents. Qualcomm hit back with a countersuit, claiming among other things, that Apple deliberately hindering the performance of Qualcomm chips in certain iPhone 7 models to make Intel chips look better and that it encouraged regulatory attacks on Qualcomm's business.

Apple doesn't have a patent license directly with Qualcomm, relying instead on licenses held by the contract manufacturers, whom Apple reimburses. However, in an aggressive move, last month the iPhone maker reportedly instructed its manufacturing partners to stop paying royalties to Qualcomm, as it wasn’t going to reimburse them anymore until a court determines how much it actually owes. Apple agreed to indemnify them against any damages they may incur by failing to pay royalties to Qualcomm.

Chinese Chemical company pays 1 Billion for a talking cat

Head scratcher, but there's a LOT of money floating around out there.

Ask yourself this... what's worth more? the Talking Cat, or the technology that can take the talking cat --- and ALL OTHER media, make it much bigger, portable and touch-interactive.

Throw in some LiDAR, and some near eye displays -- and some kind of new welding technology, and what's it worth then?

I don't want Microvision to be bought out, because any price that has so far been floating around is far below the ultimate value of this technology.

Bloomberg

Talking Tom is not alone. There’s been a recent flurry of oddball pairings between Chinese industrial interests and Western entertainment companies. A real estate magnate in Beijing bought Legendary Entertainment, the movie studio that made the Dark Knight trilogy, for $3.5 billion. A maker of construction materials bought Framestore, the company behind the special effects in the Harry Potter films. Zhejiang Dragon Pipe Manufacturing Co. acquired app developer Entertainment Game Labs. And perhaps strangest of all, Digital Extremes Ltd., which created an alien battle game, and the studio Splash Damage Ltd., which made an offshoot of the Xbox hit Gears of War, were bought by an enormous Chinese poultry processor.