Sunday, August 20, 2017


Joe sent me a couple of things in the last couple of days....


Bigger than the big, let the display break the border

This story you must have heard, let the light filled the whole house. When the projection device is small enough to put the theater in the pocket is no longer a dream.
MEMS micro-laser projection As the core device is small, light weight, making in smart phones, wearable equipment and other consumer electronics products can be integrated projection display function; its high-definition resolution, based on, can also achieve higher Color reproduction and brightness (lumens), longer service life.
MEMS laser projection has a wider 120% color gamut space, rich colors, high color saturation, high contrast, known as the "history of human visual revolution." By changing the distance, a 5.5-inch phone can project a 100-inch screen.
The output power of the laser tube is only a few milliwatts, and the energy consumption is much lower than that of the LCD and LED. The luminous efficiency, service life and display information are superior to those of other light sources with a lifetime potential of 25,000 hours.
The era of laser projection is coming
Last year, the whole launch of MEMS laser projection phone, its RGB three-color laser light source, MEMS micromanipulator, 1920 * 720 physical resolution, caused a sensation in the industry, but also the appearance of the performance comparable to the mainstream mobile phone can cast 100 inches High-definition giant screen, mobile phone cinema in one of the mobile evolution of the body became possible.
Experienced a year of technical polished, with MEMS core technology will push the whole generation of second-generation projection phone and for the public. It is understood that 5.5-size laser projection phone can cast a 100-inch giant screen, so long as your home is wide enough, then there are enviable private cinema.
Although the full Qu QU2 has not yet officially released, but from the disclosure of a lot of information, including improved and improved MEMS micro-projection technology, still in the market is a difference with advanced features selling point of mobile phone equipment, the aircraft in the design Inheritance which also has details of the change, its screen border looks narrower, the bottom of the screen is expected to integrate pre-fingerprint identification program.
Now the smart phone homogenization of serious, projection phone can be described as a function of another way for the market to add some fresh blood. I believe in the design, hardware upgrades in the upgrade, the whole public QU2 will once again trigger the consumer attention to the mobile phone mobile phone. The machine is expected to market time in September, interested friends may wish to continue to pay attention.
.... AND in France

Thomson Fusion: a promising smartphone with built-in laser projector

...It is based on a laser technology, which would be five times more powerful than LED lighting. The brightness would thus reach 40 lumens and the contrast ratio 80000: 1.

It would therefore be possible to project up to 3 meters of distance with a maximum diagonal of 3.80 meters and a definition of 1920 x 720 pixels. On the other hand, it is not specified whether this is an extrapolated or native resolution. But we are inclined to the first solution. It should be noted, however, that during our take-in, it is necessary to recognize that the image was of good quality despite the difficult light conditions.

The launch is scheduled for September, with an advertised price of 599 euros.

The way I understand this, it will be income from outside of any guidance provided by the company.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Soap Dispenser

oops.... using a visual detector didn't work so well. perhaps infrared laser scanning will work better.... 

.... answers to the simplest of problems....

"Racist Soap Dispenser"

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Apple investing hugely in Hollywood programming

So, it doesn't mean anything directly, except there is a lot of positioning going on in the content realm. There's more and more content, more and more demand for content, and as illustrated here, they're paying a lot for it.

As the world also moves toward mobile, this is meaningful and something to keep tabs on.

Wall Street Journal

Apple Inc. AAPL -0.53% has set a budget of roughly $1 billion to procure and produce original content over the next year, according to people familiar with the matter—a sign of how serious the iPhone maker is about making a splash in Hollywood.

Combined with the company’s marketing clout and global reach, that immediately makes Apple a considerable competitor in a crowded market where new media players and traditional media companies are vying to acquire original shows. The figure is about half what Time Warner Inc.’s HBO spent on content last year and on par with estimates of what Inc. spent in 2013, the year after it announced its move into original programming.

Apple could acquire and produce as many as 10 television shows, according to the people familiar with the plan, helping fulfill Apple Senior Vice President Eddy Cue’s vision of offering high-quality video—similar to shows such as HBO’s “Game of Thrones”—on the company’s streaming-music service or a new, video-focused service.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Yes, you can play Doom on a thermostat, and it matters...

It's another display. 

It's another computer that needs a display -- and it's that capable. 

For the youngsters out there, in 1993, Doom required a good computer at the time to play it well. 

That amount of computing horsepower is now found in a thermostat.

To make all these items in the internet of things work -- they need displays. Bigger displays in smaller packages are preferable.

If a nerd with extra time on his hands can make Doom work on a thermostat....


How to buy a computer in 1993

Friday, August 11, 2017

Ultrafast WiFi

The better the fast mobile data, the better the ecosystem for PicoP.


The researchers sent video signals using terahertz, rather than traditional microwaves, at speeds of 50 gigabytes per second. Most wireless networks only operate at top speeds of 500 megabytes a second.

The breakthrough could lead to high-speed streaming on the go.


Experiments showed that transmissions were error-free up to 10 gigabits per second, which is much faster than today's standard Wi-Fi speeds.

Error rates increased slightly when the speed was boosted to 50 gigabits per second but were still well within the range that can be fixed using error correction systems which are commonly used in today's communications networks.

Back to the slide...

During the most recent stockholder meeting, we got to see and hear a lot of interesting things.

The slide below has been posted here before.

Among the things said when this slide was up (or around that time, recording isn't allowed...) was that doing embedded heads up display for a major automaker has a LONG lead time -- 5 years, and that it will require a significant investment on the part of MicroVision to capitalize on the sales that will result five years from now.

Note that heads up display, embedded, shows up at the year 2021+

...unfortunately, someone does seem to get news before the rest of us... 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Seriously folks, Chill about North Korea.

To be a genuine threat you need reliability.

That's something they don't have. 

This one was aimed at the ocean. They missed...

Samples to order....

78 Days last time.... I expect a larger order more quickly on this one. (October 19) Guidance weighted income to second half of the year....

MicroVision Begins Shipping Samples to Customers of Its Small Form Factor Display Engine

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 27, 2016-- MicroVision, Inc. (NASDAQ: MVIS), a leader in innovative ultra-miniature projection display and sensing technology, today announced that it has begun on-schedule customer shipments of samples of its new, small form factor display engine.

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MicroVision Receives First Order for Small Form Factor Display Engine for $6.7 Million

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 15, 2017-- MicroVision, Inc. (NASDAQ: MVIS), a leader in innovative ultra-miniature projection display and sensing technology, today announced that it has received a $6.7 million order for its small form factor display engine (model PSE-0403-103) from an Asian electronics device manufacturer. The customer plans to embed the MicroVision display engines in smartphones.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Lost City of the Monkey God & The Most important Sensor

The book club I'm a member of is thick with physicians. They were really enamored with the medical implications of the trip to the jungle highlighted in the book. You don't want  Leishmaniasis -- really you don't.

But this book had a very interesting description of LiDAR and why it was important for exploration. The importance and value of a point cloud. 

Microvision will make it inexpensive and everywhere.... "mid-range LiDar."

CBS This morning -- Lost City

Microvision Twitter

Reality check
Put in perspective, LiDAR is an well-known technology that has finally found a lucrative market application.
“The principle of LiDAR – the light sent through the pulse and echo of time-of-flight – has not really changed,” said one industry source. “The physics have not changed ever since its invention, for the past 40 years or so. The evolving changes are more in the components and system integration. There’s no fundamental principle change.”
Flash LiDAR has been in development for the past five years, the source noted, likening it to a CMOS image sensor. “This is an area to watch for—the flash LiDAR technology. It promises a very low cost of solution, not necessarily high performance.”
Kevin Watson, senior director of product engineering at Redmond, Wash.-based MicroVision, a publicly held company, disagrees. “I don’t think that’s going to go anywhere,” he said of flash LiDAR. “For many years, the Holy Grail of LiDAR sensors we thought to be a MEMS mirror-based laser scanner, because they’re super-small, relatively inexpensive to manufacture in great quantity, and very reliable. They’re small enough to hide several around an automobile.”
Watson calls LiDAR “the most important sensor” in automotive electronics. “Vision systems are great, but they’re a totally passive system. LiDAR is active.”
But LiDAR also has its limitations. Radar can recognize a wall and has a longer range and it also works in fog, while LiDAR and vision can be confounded. Achieving Level 4 autonomy, the next-to-highest level, is “a ways off,” said Watson, adding that may not be realized for a decade. “It’s a very, very tough problem. It’s just a lot of work.”

Sense: PSE-0403Li-101 3D Sensing Mid-Range LiDAR Engine

To showcase how our PicoP® scanning technology can be applied as a 3D sensor, we’ll be running a demo of our mid-range LiDAR prototype. The demonstration is a development system with some of the capabilities we plan for our commercial engine, of which we expect to ship samples in the second half of this year. Benefits of this cost effective sensing engine include small size, high resolution, low power, dynamic programming of resolution and frame rate to suit applications needs, and low persistence.