September 30, 2008 Microvision will roll-out its latest pico projector prototype for mobile devices at CEATEC Japan this week. Featuring a thinner, smaller and brighter PicoP™ engine and several image quality enhancements over the projector unveiled at CES in January, the pocket sized device displays full-color, high-resolution (WVGA) images and video ranging from 12 inches (30 cm) to 100 inches (2.5 m) in size onto any surface.
To achieve its small form factor and low power requirements, the pico projector uses a MEMS single scanning mirror that's less than one square millimeter in area to direct a single beam of light in both horizontal and vertical directions at high-speeds. The system also eliminates the need for projection lenses, meaning the image is always in focus, regardless of the projection range.
“Through the integration of new-generation green lasers and electronics innovations we are able to deliver the type of image quality that we believe will delight customers," said Alexander Tokman, president and CEO of Microvision. "We recently began shipments of this prototype to our OEM customers for evaluation and end-user testing. We consider both the new prototype and our work with OEMs as important steps forward in the path toward commercialization.”