How it works and where it comes from

Here are some great animations (requires QuickTime) from the Human Interface Technology Lab at UW that show how the Virtual Retinal Display ('scanned beam display' in MVIS parlance) works.

If you really want to delve deep into the nature of this technology, the UW HIT Lab has this collection of papers about VRD.

The pursuit of this technology has been the life's work for some of the most brilliant engineers and researchers in the world. Commercialization of their work is now taking shape.

The people at HIT Labs aren't just doing this for kicks -- their mission is to "empower people by building better interfaces with advanced machines that will link minds globally and unlock the power of human intelligence into the 21st century."

Here's a fascinating article from the Seattle Times magazine 'Pacific Northwest' from April 11, 2004. Tom Furness, inventor of VRD: "I want to break the glass. Those last few inches, between the computer screen and your brain, is the fundamental problem I've been trying to address my whole career...I want to make the world a better place," he said...I want to help make the world safer and healthier. I want to work on uniting people and solving the pervasive problems of our age."


So while we as MVIS shareholders may fret over every ten cent move in the stock price, day after day there are dozens of the brightest minds in the world working diligently to improve the company's technology and discover new ways to apply it to improving the human condition.