MicroVision packs a laser projector inside Android Mini-Tablet

Embedding projectors in mobile phones is a fairly new practice that very few manufacturers have jumped on, we saw glimpses of it at last years CES, including the Samsung Beam at MWC shortly after. This year, its all about the Tablet, and of course we’re now being shown the “MicroVision Mini-Tablet with Embedded Projector.”

Being shown for the first time at CES, the Mini-Tablet is essentially a mobile phone minus the cellular banding, sporting Android 2.2 and a 3.5-inch capacitive touch screen, 720p camcorder module, motion sensing, HDMI in and out and display support for web content, user generated content and apps on popular mobile operating systems. The Mini-Tablet is essentially a reference design for manufacturers, it will allow them to use the PicoP laser display engine in their own mobile devices, yes, Android devices will be packing projectors in 2011. PicoP laser will seriously kick some projection ass, its using MicroVision’s laser-scanning technology that makes images always stay in focus, even under constant motion. Color breakup is also a thing of the past.

You can get a glimpse of the mini-tablet and PicoP laser display engine over at MicroVision’s booth #MP25828.

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MicroVision Demonstrates Mini-Tablet with Embedded Projector

Created with the PicoP Development Kit, the prototype combines best attributes of smartphones and tablets with embedded laser projector for exciting new mobile user experiences

Booth #MP25828
LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MicroVision, Inc. (NASDAQ:MVIS) unveiled the future of mobile devices with a mini-tablet design featuring the PicoP® laser display engine today at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show. The prototype device demonstrates what is possible in the next generation of mobile devices that offer large viewing experiences in an ultra-compact size. Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs) can leverage the PicoP Development Kit for all the tools necessary to design fully functional devices incorporating the PicoP display engine.

“More functionality in a smaller package has always been the trend in consumer electronics until tablets came along”
The mini-tablet device will be demonstrated at MicroVision’s booth #MP25828 and at its technology suite at the MGM Grand Hotel, as well as at the Showstoppers and Digital Experience press briefing events.

Developed using the PicoP Development Kit, the MicroVision design offers the functionality of a tablet PC and a big-screen viewing experience from the embedded pico projector in a pocket-sized package—just a little thicker than today’s smartphones. The embedded pico projector displays vivid, widescreen images as large as 100 diagonal inches depending on lighting conditions, offering dramatically enhanced mobile gaming, social networking and content sharing experiences. While the architecture can support a variety of mobile operating systems, the current functional design uses the Android 2.2 operating system. The device includes a 3.5-inch capacitive touch screen, 720p camcorder module, motion sensor, HDMI in and out and display support for web content, user generated content and apps on popular mobile operating systems.

“More functionality in a smaller package has always been the trend in consumer electronics until tablets came along,” said Alexander Tokman, president and CEO, MicroVision. “This mobile multimedia device is just one example of how we plan to help the industry achieve big-screen viewing experiences while still offering pocket-size portability.”

Embedded Advantages of Lasers

MicroVision’s laser-scanning technology is ideally suited for embedded mobile applications as its images are always in focus even under constant motion and colors are created instantaneously, avoiding color breakup other technologies experience when the projector or the viewer’s head moves. With a highly modular and flexible architecture, the PicoP display engine offers additional unique benefits including high optical efficiency, small form factor and low power requirements. It does not require projection lenses, focus wheels or complex optics and it dissipates less heat, yielding an extremely small form factor.

The Mini-Tablet Prototype

The mini-tablet prototype offers a technical foundation for OEM and ODM partners to introduce exciting new mobility use-cases to businesses and consumers.

For other embedded projection applications, OEMs and ODMs can leverage the PicoP Evaluation Kit or PicoP Development Kit to explore applications and design fully functional devices using MicroVision’s laser-scanning technology. These kits are available for purchase now by qualified organizations. More information is available at MicroVision’s website.

The mini-tablet prototype is available for evaluation through local MicroVision sales representatives. For more information or technical specifications, please visit www.microvision.com.

About MicroVision

MicroVision provides the PicoP display engine technology platform designed to enable next-generation display and imaging products for pico projectors, vehicle displays and wearable displays that interface with mobile devices. The company’s projection display engine uses highly efficient laser light sources which can create vivid images with high contrast and brightness. For more information, visit us on:

Our company website: www.microvision.com

Our corporate blog: www.microvision.com/displayground

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YouTube: www.youtube.com/mvisvideo

PicoP is registered trademarks of MicroVision Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

Forward-Looking Statements

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6 Comments

  1. jherman says:

    Yes, everything should have a built-in projector. Everything!

  2. applefanboy says:

    Damn this is really sweet. That’s what should be in the next iPhone !

  3. Bart says:

    It’s the AndroidTouch !

    Super amazing

  4. HendersonBay says:

    Wow! This is a picture of the future. I own a Microvision laser pico-projector and it is amazing; I don’t think it’ll be long before the majority of cell phones have an embedded laser projector, and it’s going to change the face of display technology. No more crowding around a 3-inch screen to see someone’s pictures or videos. Even in bright light, Microvision’s projector can knock out a vivid 12-inch display on most any surface. But in the dark, a 50 or 60-inch display is possible. You Tube has got hundreds of videos showing just how good Microvision’s ShowWx projector really is. I really believe that soon most everybody will be packing a laser projector-equipped cell phone around.

  5. Gank says:

    This is Frick`n SWEET!!!

  6. Picopros says:

    This advanced prototype packs more features than any other pico projector on the market.

    For all-things Microvision and pico projector related, visit http://www.picopros.com

    Paul

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