Thursday, December 10, 2009

Microvision: Partners with Intel to Showcase Advances in PC Gaming Technology

Here’s the highlight of the news from this morning...

“The game application takes advantage of our PicoP display engine’s infinite focus,” Brown says. “We believe that Microvision’s technology can be used to create a new level of realism and interactive freedom for gamers. As the worldwide market for video games exceeds $50 billion, we are very excited to partner with Intel to showcase this new advance in gaming technology to the world’s best gamers at Intel Extreme Masters.”

“Intel believes that radical innovations like Microvision’s laser projection engine will continue to drive the gaming industry forward,” said George Woo, Intel Corporation’s Marketing Manager of the Intel Extreme Masters. “We are pleased to demonstrate how Microvision’s technology and the Intel® Core™ i7 processor Extreme Edition can create a new way for gamers to become immersed in the game world.”

Here’s the full news and the link...

Microvision's PicoP Display Engine at Heart of Realistic Game Demo at Intel Extreme Masters Tournament
Press Release

Source: Microvision, Inc.
On 9:01 am EST, Thursday December 10, 2009

EDMONTON, Alberta--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Players of first-person shooter computer games traditionally play while seated with a keyboard, mouse, and fixed monitor.

However, these hardcore gamers soon may be unleashed from their stationary position to enjoy a realistic virtual combat experience with life-sized video images, projected on walls, ceilings and floors, all from a weapon-styled projection game controller they hold in their hands.

Among the first consumers to try a prototype of such a product will be the players and spectators attending the Intel® Extreme Masters PC gaming tournament in Edmonton, Alberta on Friday, Dec. 11 through Sunday, Dec. 13. Intel Corp., sponsor of the event, has invited laser display technology supplier Microvision, Inc. (NASDAQ: MVIS - News), of Redmond, Wash., to give gamers a first look at a new technology that projects a follow-you-anywhere video image – up to 200 inches across – from a handheld game controller.

Game players at the tourney who give the prototype a spin will experience “an immersive, 360-degree feel,” promises Ian Brown, Microvision’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “The company’s laser projection engine can show a distortion-free image on nearly any flat or curved surface. Consequently, the game goes along with the gamer and reflects the character’s position in three-dimensional space.”

It’s no coincidence that Microvision also happens to be a main mover behind the emerging consumer-electronics product category known as “pico projectors.” In September, the company started shipping its first SHOWWX™ laser pico projectors – based on its PicoP® display engine – to customers in the Asia Pacific region and Europe. But the game tournament demo in Canada will show off the versatility of Microvision’s PicoP display engine beyond the streaming movies, music videos, camera-phone snapshots and business presentations which are the media most likely to be shown with pico projectors.

“The game application takes advantage of our PicoP display engine’s infinite focus,” Brown says. “We believe that Microvision’s technology can be used to create a new level of realism and interactive freedom for gamers. As the worldwide market for video games exceeds $50 billion, we are very excited to partner with Intel to showcase this new advance in gaming technology to the world’s best gamers at Intel Extreme Masters.”

“Intel believes that radical innovations like Microvision’s laser projection engine will continue to drive the gaming industry forward,” said George Woo, Intel Corporation’s Marketing Manager of the Intel Extreme Masters. “We are pleased to demonstrate how Microvision’s technology and the Intel® Core™ i7 processor Extreme Edition can create a new way for gamers to become immersed in the game world.”

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Here’s the link...
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Microvisions-PicoP-Display-bw-4103685549.html?x=0&.v=1

Intel Extreme Masters Tournament is sponsored by Intel as part of their marketing campaign and are held around the world.

Nine Live Events on Three Continents

Whether you’re a pro gamer or you just want to see top clans in action, the best─ and often the only ─ opportunity to do so is to visit one of the growing numbers of competitive games events around the world. Intel sponsors top clans and events to help raise the bar of competitive gaming.

Here’s the link to Intel Events...
http://game-on.intel.com/eng/events/masters/default.aspx

Long before blogs were around, PC gamers had developed their own 'community' and for those of you who enjoy PC gaming - you can relate to this experience!

I’m sure most of you started your PC gaming experience way back in the early '80s... using an old Apple ][+ with 48k of RAM, and perhaps still remember freaking out your parents when you started upgrading by pulling chips and installing joysticks, adding a memory board (woo-hoo up to 64k!), and writing some BASIC programs making all sorts of noises and graphics on the computer.

After getting frustrated with clunky 300 baud modem you upgraded to a 1200 baud modem which really opened things up into a whole different realm... Bulletin Board Systems (BBS)! Computer users were on these systems - communicating, sharing, distributing and overall - forming an online community! Remember Compuserve? Prodigy? AOL? So what has changed?

First and foremost, your "gaming rig" is now MUCH more potent at delivering the experience─ via multi-core Intel Core 2 Quad Processor, Intel Solid-State Harddrive, awesome graphics card, and a large 24-inch monitor to present it all to you over a fast broadband Internet connection.

Now you can take you gaming experience several notches up with a PicoP projector from Microvision and your gaming experience will never be the same...

“These hardcore gamers soon may be unleashed from their stationary position to enjoy a realistic virtual combat experience with life-sized video images, projected on walls, ceilings and floors, all from a weapon-styled projection game controller they hold in their hands.”

“Game players at the tourney who give the prototype a spin will experience “an immersive, 360-degree feel,” promises Ian Brown, Microvision’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “The company’s laser projection engine can show a distortion-free image on nearly any flat or curved surface. Consequently, the game goes along with the gamer and reflects the character’s position in three-dimensional space.”

The worldwide market for video games exceeds $50 billion.

Did I say that before?

Yep, I just wanted to make sure we register that clearly, because that is an additional market, beyond pico projection, that Microvision is addressing in collaboration with Intel... the biggest PC gamer in the world.

Anant Goel
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