Monday, April 24, 2017

Intel and Microvision

Well, this takes a lot off the threat board. (If you thought Intel was a threat to Microvision.)

And this puts a lot of fuel in the rocket!

Microvision is in the right place, at the right time, with the right technology working with the right partners.

April 21st, 2017

By Mike Naldrett, MicroVision, Inc.

The Intel® Joule™ System on Module has features honed for the small form factor market that lend size, weight and power consumption benefits to projected display, interactivity with projected images, and 3D sensing.

Today’s musts for personal electronics pack a great deal of punch into otherwise small packages. Among these necessities is the desire for mobility and the availability of devices that are not only smart and sleek, but portable. On-the-go lifestyles are requiring technology component manufacturers to focus more and more on small form factor product design.


Enabling Innovation
In the development of the PSE-0403 small form factor display engine and PSE-0403sti short throw interactive display engine, MicroVision recognized that combining these engines with other specialized small form factor solutions, such as the Intel™ Joule™ compute module, can enable new, compelling products that can be rapidly brought to market.

The Intel Joule Compute Module is helping bring MicroVision’s new short throw interactive display engine to life. As a complementary solution to MicroVision’s PicoP® scanning engine, the Intel Joule module generates the processing power needed to run interactivity algorithms for next-generation, “beyond the screen” devices.

In going beyond the screen, developers can implement touchless gesture capabilities in consumer-facing applications like speakers, light fixtures, security alarms, or even robot assistants and other artificial intelligence devices. These combined gesture recognition and projected display technologies enable products that boast a natural user interface—eliminating the need for an LCD screen while offering extreme portability.


The same types of features can also be deployed in commercial settings. Virtual touchscreens in restaurants (Figure 3) could streamline the dining process and add entertainment value to the dining out experience, ranging from on-table menu selection and bill pay to on-demand games and other activities.

The same processing power that the Intel Joule Compute Module can provide for interactivity algorithms could also be used to enable other features, such as voice recognition and artificial intelligence. With the ability to introduce other sensor data as well, the platform opens up a wide variety of potential applications. Smart thermostats, home automation, and security centers are just a few among many possibilities. As these features are critical in the development of smart home solutions and accessories, it’s easy to see how the combination of this powerful system on module from Intel and MicroVision’s compact projection display modules can enable new and exciting applications across the growing smart home market, which is expected to reach more than $30 billion and a household penetration rate of over 60 percent by 2021.

With programs like its Developers Zone and tools like the Joule module, Intel is successfully linking inventors with suppliers of key-enabling technologies that foster new, forward-looking innovations. MicroVision is excited to be part of an ecosystem of new technologies for future-ready products in the world of mobility and IoT.

Intel Joule Compute Module

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