Wednesday, June 26, 2013

MicroVision: Future Lies in Changing It

Everything with a ‘C’ is changing: “Corporations, climate, community, currency, communications, and competition.”

The future doesn’t lie in predicting it. It lies in shaping and changing it. Trends and forecasting are essentially irrelevant.  The future is what we make it, not what someone says it is.

Having said that, what’s in MicroVision’s future?

“PicoP Display Engine in Mobile Devices that Offer Ultimate in Mobility… Functionality… Cool Factor” 

It would be cool if MicroVision's laser PicoP Display Engine (PDE) was inside this cube…

In 2009, there was so much speculation in the media [by designer YankoDesign] that it almost felt like the real thing would be on the market soon. Just look at the write-up on this “Nokia Pulse Projector”…

“Nokia Pulse Projector is a tiny LED projector that also functions as an NXT speaker with Dolby Sound. This tiny projector uses Bluetooth and Pulse software to communicate with a mobile phone.

It’s meant to pair up with mobile phone, making a pair of perfect multimedia device and the user will be able to use the mobile phone to control this LED projector. The Nokia Pulse Projector relies on DLP Technology for high quality imagery. It’s able to project with native resolution of 1280×768 and 1500:1 contrast ratio pimps out crisp image quality, with picture sizes ranging from 15 inches diagonally all the way up to 60 inches at 7.87 feet. It even sports LED light technology with 1000 lumens of brightness plus 16.7 million colors.

It’ll be another great mini-sized projector that can be carried around anywhere you go for an impromptu presentation of those pictures, videos and slides on your mobile phone, and it lets the mobile phone to be used as the projector’s remote. Nice, but it should be just a concept at the moment."

[Via YankoDesign]

Here’s the link…

The story gets more interesting when speculation gets to MicroVision’s PDE inside Nokia Pulse…

“The Nokia Pulse, a concept by Miika Mahonen, is similar to the soon to be released MicroVision Mobile Projector. They’re both designed to be powerful mobile display systems that can use a mobile phone as the source of video and as a remote control. The Nokia Pulse also combines an NXT-speaker with Dolby sound processing into the compact device, which can (theoretically) project images up to 60-inches on any wall.”

[via YankoDesign]
Here’s the link again…

Four years later, however, the concept remains to be just that… a concept. But wait a minute… over the last few months, a few developments have come together to bring us closer to this, or something similar to this, as a possible reality in the near future.

There are essentially three parts for this concept to work and they all seem to be in place now…

1) MicroVision laser based PicoP Display Engine at 35 lumen: was released in early 2013; for product sampling to 40 or so major electronics companies from around the globe… and that’s the major part of the puzzle, now in place.

So what makes MicroVision’s laser based PDE so important?

It’s the “Disruptive Technology”; that can bring about massive shifts in “technology paradigm” and “social paradigm”.  Here’s what makes MicroVision’s PDE as "Killer app" in simple terms?

a. Always in-focus image that needs no adjustment when on the move or when moving to change the projected image size… due to inherent feature of laser projection.

b. Longer projection periods per battery charge… by switching-off the laser light source during periods of dark picture segments.

c. Cool to the touch and no waste heat generated… due to modulating lasers as light source.

d. Large projected images [up to 100”] in widescreen aspect ratio of 16:9.

e. High Definition 720P images at 35 lumens brightness… with pathways to high definition images at 50 lumen or higher brightness in 2014.

f. Dramatic cost reduction [with huge profit margin improvements] as the laser light technology matures and economies of scale are achieved towards the end of 2013.  For example, synthetic green lasers [SGLs] were priced at around $120 each… whereas the diode green lasers [with higher light energy output and efficiency] are currently priced at $40 in small quantities.

g. Small physical size that starts out small and gets even smaller from one generation to the next. 

h. Social Change from the way we share information now to the way it will be shared in the future.

i. Commercially Viable: REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 3, 2013-- MicroVision (NASDAQ: MVIS), a leader in innovative ultra-miniature projection display technology, today announced a development agreement with a prominent electronics company to incorporate MicroVision’s ground breaking PicoP® display technology into a display engine that could enable a variety of new products.

The key words from this news release are: “…to incorporate MicroVision’s ground breaking PicoP® display technology into a display engine that could enable a variety of new products.”

MicroVision’s PicoP Display Engine at 35 laser lumen, using diode based green lasers, will be ready for prime time show in the next few months…  

2) Samsung's new Wireless USB chipset: enables HD streaming with less power.

It's a beautiful combination, really… lower power consumption, and support for high bandwidth applications. That marriage is evident in Samsung's newest Wireless USB chipset, which was built around Ultra Wide Band (UWB) technology and designed to enable high-def streaming between a mobile host device and a tethered device for viewing.

Ultra-Wide Band technology offers many advantages, especially in terms of very high data transmission rates which are well beyond those possible with currently deployed technologies such as 802.11a, b, g, WiMax and the like. As such UWB technology is gaining considerable acceptance and being proposed for use in a number of areas. Already Bluetooth, Wireless USB and others are developing solutions, and in these areas alone its use should be colossal.

According to Samsung, the two-chip solution will be aimed at smartphones, cameras, camcorders, TVs, PCs, tablets, beam projectors, portable HDDs, Blu-ray players and handsets.  And given that it can handle a theoretical high of 480Mbps with an average power consumption of less than 300mW, even the weakest smartphone battery should be able to stream at least a single episode of Family Guy to the TV or a pico projector. It's slated to hit mass production in Q4 and we'd say more details should be available right around CES 2011.

3) Pulse Software: that controls communications between the pico projector and the mobile host device. This Pulse software could be part of the Samsung’s wireless USB chipset solution, or a company specific product like Nokia Pulse [if there is such a thing] or Apple AirPlay, etc. 

“While the Pulse is still just an idea, MicroVision is currently working with other major electronics companies to incorporate their PicoP Display Engine into devices such as smartphones, media players, tablets, laptops, and Automobile HUDs.

Is the screen size on your mobile phone irrelevant, if you can project onto any wall... from 15 inches to 100 inches?


Just take a look at images at 15 lumen and imagine what it would be like at 35 lumen or even at 50 lumen…

With MicroVision laser PicoP Display Engine inside; this cube could be the ultimate in mobility, functionality and cool factor.

Not only that, it is a productivity enhancing tool for business communications, as well as, a perfect product for personal and interactive entertainment… all in one cool package.

Everything that you need to put this cool product out there for the consumer to buy is here… all it takes, is the vision and the will to succeed before the next product cycle or someone else comes-up with a better mouse trap.

Anant Goel
Producer CEO – RKNet Studios