Monday, January 15, 2018

GM Self Driving Car

One use slower than we thought

One faster.




Yahoo News

Detroit (AFP) - Regulators will "carefully and responsibly" review General Motors' request to test an autonomous car without a steering wheel, US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said Sunday.
"It is now coming to the stage with the rapid advancement of self-driving technology that this request is now a reality," Chao said on the sidelines of the Detroit Auto Show.
"So we will view the petition carefully and responsibly."​
GM on Friday unveiled the Cruise AV, an autonomous vehicle with no steering wheel or pedals, announcing it had asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to exempt it from a number of federal standards that cannot be met with a driverless car.
GM executives have said they planned to introduce a large-scale fleet of self-driving taxis by 2019, a timeframe some analysts consider ambitious.
GM released images of the Cruise AV and video of the interior with a strikingly spacious windshield devoid of a steering wheel.
"It's quite a striking image when people see it for the first time," GM president Dan Ammann told AFP on the sidelines of a GM event Saturday.
"I think people will want to engage with the technology and understand it and experience it," Ammann said.
"But I think what's really most powerful about what the technology can offer is an increase in safety on the road. And once people understand that and see and experience it, we think the adoption will be there."
"Its hard to generalize" about whether the public is ready for autonomous cars, Ammann said. "Some people are more than ready. And other people will be watching and seeing how it evolves."

Friday, January 12, 2018

Confirmation of Thesis....

Have some urgent business to take care of before I can compile everything. What I saw confirms my thesis: Summed up best with these older posts.

There's a TON of Value here.

Microvision is involved in the busiest technologies at this year's CES:

Personal assistants -- Self driving cars -- Mobile Phones -- Augmented Reality -- Internet of things. Where those things were at CES, there were lines of people trying to see it.


Fairest of them all.

Bleeding Edge to leading edge.

FAST Followers.... 








What is the value of these businesses?
Pico ProjectionPrice Calculator
Interactive Pico Projection?      
Near Eye Displays
LiDAR
"Black Box"
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What do you think it's worth (or how much more than it's trading for?)


Of course to find the right company now, you'd look to something that was going to be a key component of an up and coming new technology. 

  • Mobile technology is still in its infancy -- find the next must-have feature, and you're golden. 
  • Personal assistants, like the Amazon Echo or the Google Home are gaining popularity, and will likely become more and more common, and more widely available everywhere -- especially if video features can be conveniently added to them. 
  • The Internet of Things is talked about everywhere, more and more powerful computers are being put in everyday items. If you're old enough to remember the 1990's a powerful personal computer of the 1990's was required to play the game "DOOM" -- but that computing horsepower is now available in a thermostat. [Doom on a Thermostat] The thing about that computing horsepower is that people need a good way to interact with it, that will be a key component.
  • Augmented Reality, the ability to enhance the world you see with computer generated information, is so new most people have seen little of it except perhaps an experience with Pokemon Go. They're getting great results with this technology in industry, greatly increasing productivity -- and it's a wild fantasy of gamers. It will be bigger than Virtual Reality -- it brings people together, or it can. Virtual reality isolates them. 
  • Self Driving Cars and Automation: I know self-driving cars are controversial -- they're not going to happen all at once though. They're going to happen a little at a time. More and more sensors will appear, the ability to automate some functions of the car, and the ability of the car to process the sensors' information and intervene when necessary is going to increase. No one is complaining about cars automatically NOT hitting pedestrians, or parking themselves, or alerting us when there's another car in our blind spot. This happens through primarily sensors that can detect and identify other objects.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

CES Day 2

18,500 steps...  Shout-out to Dr. Bill.

A little tired.

Saw whole augmented reality area. Some of the devices are cool, but the displays are dismal next to the capabilities of Microvision.


Some have resolution, but none have field of view. Decent picture with 10degree field of view on a heavy headset isn't much to get excited about.

The Vuzix Blade is a cool device --- the display is decent for what it is, but it seems more like an enhanced google glass. Very small, but decent display with very limited field of view. More a wearable HUD than "Augmented Reality."

Everything else I tried had limited field of view. 


Saw MicroVision in the SanBot, which they say is selling well, and the projector is a very popular feature.

More attention for Moviphone.... 

MoviPhone 1

Time Magazine

MoviPhone Attention

This is what it looks like when you start getting hype, and this is what it looks like just before you get fast followers.

Those companies that were nervous about sticking their necks out and seeing how something like this would be received are watching this closely.

Yes, at the booth they assured me it can work with Verizon.


Also how we find new investors.



CNET

One of the absolute joys about CES is discovering a random jewel among the hundreds of exhibition booths. That's the case with the company Wireless Mobi Solution (WMS) from San Diego. Its jewel: a midrange Android phone with a built-in HD projector.

The phone is called the Moviphone and as the name so rudimentarily suggests, it's all about movies. And what better way to watch a movie than projecting it onto a wall as big as you can? The 50-lumen projector supports a 720p HD image that can be projected up 100 inches in size.








IBTimes

The Moviphone is being trialled at CES this year and includes a unique feature. Included in the phone – meaning it is not a peripheral – is a 720p HD projector. On the move and want to watch a movie with big screen frills? The Pico projector can display a movie up to 100 inches in size.

The phone also comes packed with a 16-megapixel camera, Android 7.0 Nougat and a fingerprint scanner. Don't worry too much about that stuff though, the reason to buy this phone is definitely the projector. It will cost you $599 (£440 in the UK, but it is rarely a straight conversion).

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

CES Day 1

  26,000 steps (so far.)



Stopped at the booth, saw the phone. Was getting good attention.

IBTimes



Tried: 


Hololens |  Meta | QD Laser

Still nothing that holds a candle to Nomad.

Conclusion -- AR NEEDS MICROVISION.  The capabilities are amazing, what they will eventually allow is awesome -- but their displays are so far not very good. 

QD laser will be amazing for people with limited sight. 

Talked to Amazon people -- including who "certifies" devices for Alexa. That space is going to be huge, and it's going to be a lot different than most of us think.

Saw the Hololamp. Also very nice device. 

Too tired to type much more, and someone owes me a steak.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Self Driving Shuttle

I had a chance to ride a self-driving car a few minutes ago. Very interesting.

It went pretty slow, but followed a course exactly. The onboard attendant (not pictured) seemed to be having a bad night with people badgering him with specific technical questions. (He couldn't answer pretty basic things I asked him. ) The car did come with an X-Box controller, incase there was a more complex decision required (like going around a breakdown. 

The machine was programmed to go around a particular course, and did it very well. It was communicating with the lights so it knew when to stop -- and then proceed. At one intersection, the shuttle started forward at a green light, and someone ran the red. The shuttle stopped perfectly, and proceeded when the thread was gone. 

AAA Self Driving Shuttle

Met this guy on board. 

Arian(sp?) was the greeter on the street.  (hey, free rides in an autonomous shuttle.)




Saturday, January 6, 2018

Google taking over CES?

Hey Google

Engadget

Google doesn't usually have a big presence at CES, but that's changed in a big way this year. You can't help but notice that the monorail circling the Las Vegas Convention Center bears huge letters saying "Hey Google!" Just below, Google has set up a huge, multistory monument to the Google Assistant booth in the convention-center parking lot. It's still under construction so it's hard to say exactly what's going on in there. (Also, there's a superfluous spiraling slide on the side of the booth and a weird Google Assistant ball-pit game near the convention center's main entrance.)

Thursday, January 4, 2018

LG Rolling out Robots


CNBC

Tech giant is rolling out new robots to replace workers in hotels, airports and supermarkets
  • South Korean tech giant LG Electronics said Thursday it will showcase three new "concept robots" at next week's consumer electronics show in Las Vegas
  • A McKinsey report released in November said that up to 800 million workers could be affected globally by automation and the rise of artificial intelligence
  • Tech companies are testing robots to carry out various tasks that could affect the services industry, which employs nearly 50 percent of the global workforce, according to the International Labour Organization

Drinks Suitcases & Shopping
LG is intent on making useful robots. Last year at CES it unveiled a pair of bots designed to clean up in airports and help travelers find their way around. Today, it announced a trio of new robots designed to help carry stuff — from drinks to suitcases to shopping.