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Motorola-Microvision deal redefines mobile media

Posted: 27 Jul 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mobile TV  projector technology  multimedia applications 

Motorola has sealed a deal to incorporate Microvision's projector technology in mobile devices, making it possible for people to project pictures and video on a wall or other large surface.

Microvision builds ultra-miniature laser-based projectors that provide a "big screen" viewing experience from mobile devices. The PicoP projector from Microvision is an ultra-thin, low-power device that's optimised for use in a mobile gadget. The technology offers as an easy way for users to share with friends and business associates multimedia applications, such as movies, personal videos, mobile TV, photographs and presentations.

The projector is built upon Microvision's Integrated Photonics Module (IPM), which allows images on portable device screens to be projected on nearby surfaces for improved viewing. Using the IPM to drive a mobile phone projector, images stay in focus at any distance, even on curved surfaces, according to the company.

"Working together with Microvision, we are pursuing ways that projection technology can redefine how mobile consumers view and interact with the media they take with them," Rob Shaddock, chief technology officer for Motorola mobile devices business, said in a statement.

Terms of the Motorola agreement were not disclosed. The companies plan to first integrate the Microvision projector in a functioning mobile device for demonstration purposes. Microvision first demonstrated its PicoP projector in a mobile device in May during the Society of Information Display conference in Long Beach, California.

- Antone Gonsalves
InformationWeek




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