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January 02, 2008

Microvision to Unwrap Small Mobile Projector at CES

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Microvision (News - Alert) is all set to unveil an advanced prototype of the handheld, battery-powered, “plug-and-play” projector, which is based on the company’s single micro-mirror laser scanning display technology.

The stand-alone pico projector intended for mobile device applications, code named SHOW, will be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES (News - Alert)) in Las Vegas next week.
According to Microvision, SHOW is powered by its proprietary ultra-miniature PicoP display engine, and has the size of a PDA. The device connects directly to laptops, mobile phones, portable media players (PMPs), digital cameras, and other mobile devices to project large, high-resolution images and video onto any surface.
The images projected can range anywhere from 12 inches (30 cm) to 100 inches (2.5 m) in size depending upon the projection distance and are always in focus. Microvision officials explained that SHOW can project a widescreen, WVGA (848 X 480 pixels), DVD quality image.
The production version of the device is expected to offer approximately 2.5 hours of continuous battery life.
“With Microvision's SHOW you could view and share everything ranging from YouTube (News - Alert) videos, MSN newscasts, and Google search results to PowerPoint presentations, feature-length films, and family photos in a large, full-color, hi-resolution format instead of a 2-inch, QVGA display,” Alexander Tokman, president and CEO at Microvision, said in a press release.
“SHOW is a significant milestone for Microvision and is proof that our technology is maturing according to plan and is close to being market-ready,” added Tokman.
Microvision plans to make available its advanced prototypes of SHOW in limited quantities to select OEM and carrier partners for customer feedback and applications development in the first half of 2008.
The release of a commercial product is scheduled for the end of 2008. Demonstrations of SHOW will be held during CES 2008, and again at the 3GSM (News - Alert) conference in Barcelona in February 2008.
Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To see more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
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