Posts Tagged ‘SHOWWX’

Alexander Tokman on FOX Business News – Cure for the squinting disease

Matt Nichols

July 25th, 2009
by Matt Nichols


In support of the Fortune Tech Conference being held in California this week, Fox Business News conducted an interview via Satellite with Microvision CEO, Alexander Tokman. Enjoy the TV clip!

PicoP Fundamental Advantages

Ben Averch

July 9th, 2009
by Ben Averch


PicoP’s focus free operation is awesome. Can pico projectors using LCOS or DLP achieve this?

Infinite focus, along with our rich laser colors, really creates the “wow factor” for SHOWWX and PicoP. This is a unique advantage of scanned (MEMS) laser technology. To achieve infinite focus, one needs to have the single beam properties of the laser which are then scanned across the image. It really does require breaking the tie between projection angle and the light beam used to make each pixel, and only scanned beam can do this.

Depth of focus and image projection angle are tightly coupled in imaging-type projectors, (e.g., LCOS and DLP). The projection lens needs to have a very short focal length in order to have a wide projection angle, and it needs to have a very small aperture (i.e., very large F# where F# = focal length/lens diameter) to increase the depth of focus. Simple calculations show that the infinite focus property needs roughly an F/400 beam. High F/# beams like this are inherent in a scanned laser architecture. Other systems can try to approach this by reducing the projection angle or sacrificing brightness but will still fall far short of achieving infinite focus.

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SHOWWX Demo…About as real as it gets

Matt Nichols

June 16th, 2009
by Matt Nichols


My associate, Russell Hannigan (Director of Product Management for Consumer Projection Displays), and myself have been in Orlando this week at Insight Media’s Projection Summit. And, Ben Averch (Marketing Manager) has just flown in to participate on a panel discussion on the emerging opportunities in 3D. This is not a large event, only about 150 attendees, but extremely focused on the developments in the projection display area. For those attending they are getting a very up-close look at the emerging Pico Projector category. In addition to Microvision’s SHOWWX, also exhibiting in the pico projector category are BTendo, 3M, Micron (DisplayTech Engine) , LG Electronics (DLP pico engine), and Spyro Optics: Jabil (DLP engine). While our ‘engine’ technologies have fundamentally different approaches to projecting an image, it is very positive to see all these players in one place. The market is real and growing! And, being able to participate in the side by side comparisons does not get any more real than this. Speaking of ‘real’, check out the recent posting by PocketNow.

One of their bloggers, Daniel Webster, visited our offices last week and captured this demo of SHOWWX. Nothing fancy in the production, but this will give you a good idea of SHOWWX if you have never seen it in person.

Everybody have a good day. I have to head back to the Projection Summit event. Talk to you later. Matt

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