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July 27, 2007

Motorola to Build Projectors Into Mobile Devices

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Mobiles do everything for you. They take pictures, they shoot videos and they double up us internet browsers. Now, according to a report in Information Week, Motorola (News - Alert) this week signed a deal to incorporate projector technology from Microvision in mobile devices. This deal makes it possible for the people to project pictures and video on a wall or other large surface.

Microvision (News - Alert) is the technology that builds ultra-miniature laser-based projectors. These projectors enable a "big screen" viewing experience from mobile devices. This makes it easy for users to share multimedia applications such as movies, personal videos, mobile TV, photographs and presentations in a big way.
According to Rob Shaddock, chief technology officer for Motorola Mobile Devices business, together with Microvision, Motorola is pursuing ways that projection technology can redefine how mobile consumers view and interact with the media they take with them.
Microvision has produced an ultra-thin, low-power device that is perfect to be used in a mobile handset. Apart from this, the company has other products such as a Nomad Display System, which is a head-worn display that workers can use for hands-free access to digital information. It also has a wireless device, which communicates with a belt-worn computer, is used by the military and other organizations.
Motorola did disclose the terms of the agreement. Under the agreement, both companies will first work towards integrating the Microvision projector in a functioning mobile device for demonstration purposes. In fact, Microvision has already demonstrated its PicoP projector in a mobile device in May during the Society of Information Display conference in Long Beach, Calif.
Microvision uses its Integrated Photonics Module (IPM), to build the projector. This technology allows images on portable device screens to be projected on nearby surfaces and provides an enhanced and improved viewing. According to the company, images stay in focus at any distance, even on curved surfaces, using the IPM to drive a mobile phone projector.
Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To see more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.
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