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Researchers Discuss Lasers as the Future of Lighting


June 18th, 2013
by Dawn Goetter


Lighting the World – The Future of Lighting

MicroVision's PicoP display technology is at the heart of laser-based Head Up Displays

At University of California Santa Barbara a group of researchers is exploring the future of lighting. One technology in particular they are looking at is lasers – a topic of great interest here at MicroVision.

University of California Television (UCTV) recently profiled UC Santa Barbara’s Solid State Lighting and Display Center (SSLDC) in an episode of “Lighting the World.” The episode highlights their research with different types of lighting and display technology focusing on LED and laser diodes.  

According to the center’s co-director, Shuji Nakamura, the next generation of lighting will be based on laser diodes. Professor Nakamura is widely regarded as a pioneer in display technology    and is credited with the discovery and development of nitride based semiconductors responsible for blue LEDs and blue laser diodes. In the episode, he predicts that the market will shift from LED to laser based display, as lasers are much more efficient and use less power (5:37). Nathan Pfaff, a graduate student at SSLDC, talks as well about how lasers can provide a more efficient white light with more optical power out for less electrical energy in (4:43).

Energy efficiency is one reason why lasers are at the core of MicroVision’s patented PicoP® display technology. Not only are lasers efficient,  they enable images to be projected from a compact form onto any type of surface while staying in focus– as Professor Steven Denbaars, co-director of SSLDC, discusses in the video (1:56). When we were asked to provide images for the project, we were pleased to comply.  Check out how our images illustrate the points Professor Denbaars makes about projected displays using lasers.

You can watch the full episode of the video and see for yourself how these researchers are touting lasers as the future of lighting.

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PicoP Gaming Applications hit Intel® Extreme Masters

Ben Averch

December 10th, 2009
by Ben Averch


Hi all,

I’m here in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada where the people are warm and the weather is…not! For the next three days, Microvision will be showcasing some innovative new uses of the PicoP display engine for gaming applications at the Intel® Extreme Masters North American Championships, taking place at the enormous West Edmonton Mall. Intel Extreme Masters is classed as the biggest gaming tournament worldwide, with six events around the globe and a total prize pool of $530,000.  Our press release issued earlier today is HERE.

As you can see from the video above, Microvision has designed a unique handheld first-person shooter projection game controller prototype that uses the PicoP display engine to project images on any surface. Using the infinite focus capability of the PicoP display engine, combined with a motion sensing module, it’s now possible to play video games on multiple surfaces, all while tracking your character’s point of view in 3D space.

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TV to Cell Phone + Pico Projector = Big Screen Experience from a Small Device!

Tiffany Bradford

June 9th, 2009
by Tiffany Bradford


Check out today’s article in the Los Angeles Times which highlights the opportunity to send live video to mobile devices on the newly available analog spectrum once the digital switch for television is made.  This will allow Americans to combine 2 things we love: cell phones and TV.  As mobile content proliferates and tiny displays continue to hinder the enjoyment of this content, pico projectors offer a solution to the small screen bottleneck.

Broadcasters compete to put TV on cellphones

The digital switch will let video be sent to mobile devices — phones, computers, car systems –  on the newly available analog spectrum.  Contenders include MobiTV, Qualcomm’s Flo TV and Transpera.

The digital switch is the end of one TV era, but broadcasters and device companies hope it’s opening up another.

Their vision for the future: a world in which we access live television not just on the big screens in our living rooms, but also on cellphones and computers in cars.

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