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OK folks, interested to know what's on your mind out there? I'd like to throw it open to see what you'd like to see covered in future blog posts. I'll pick the most interesting or fun idea and work it up for a blog entry. In addition to seeing his/her topic addressed, the winning idea guy/gal will get some kind of recognition or special award! (Value of award to be determined).

Hit this post with a comment and let the best idea win...!

24 comments:

At April 10, 2007 at 5:47 PM squalus_2000 said...

Hi Ben'
How about the applicability of an IPM scaffolding and tiling of overlapping images to turn large architecture into MVIS outside screens!

 
At April 10, 2007 at 8:40 PM Jason said...

How do you see people using picop projector and in what devices in 2010?

 
At April 10, 2007 at 9:11 PM texastim said...

I would like to discuss Augmented Vision. With an Infrared or Thermal camera mounted on the side of the Glasses, add some Edge Detection software, you can enhance night vision for drivers, security, military, police, etc. ....hehe how about baseball players (no more "the sun was in my eyes" excuses)

We have used this technique for identifying tanks, missiles, etc. based on the known IR, thermal, etc. signature of objects. If your fellow platoon members carried particular IR "signature" devices, it would be very easy to decipher enemy personnel from friendlies.

 
At April 10, 2007 at 9:32 PM texastim said...

The other is from our friends at Univ of Washington...True 3-D displays... I believe Microvision's Retinal Scanning technology is the only thing close to making this a reality (http://www.hitl.washington.edu/publications//r-2006-34/r-2006-34.pdf)

 
At April 11, 2007 at 3:50 AM Anonymous said...

this comment verification barrier stops users of Firefox from contributing

 
At April 11, 2007 at 3:56 AM Anonymous said...

any interest in applying augmented reality to the surgical unit? Projected patient data sets seen directly on the patient for more accurate interventions. Vital stats seen without taking your attention away from the person being operated on? Could be a nice means for remote emergency surgery on the warfront with critical highlights being indicated for non professional medical personnel intervention as they are being directed by remote specialists.

 
At April 11, 2007 at 4:02 AM Anonymous said...

picking up on squalus and some comments you said in your blog ... any possibility of Microvision opening up its creative resources for artistic input? IE have an open call for artists to apply for a 4 month "sabbatical" wherein they get to apply their creative enquiries to mvis products and technology. A smaller company called Gesturetek has applied this concept with some interesting results.

 
At April 11, 2007 at 4:05 AM Anonymous said...

any plans to apply some of your technology to advertising campaigns for other companies? Seen some interesting RFID concepts applied to advertising needs, possibly mvis technology could be applied to market. It might do a number of things working collaboratively with outside needs: could open a new revenue market, could give new creative impeteus for technology features that could then be reapplied to mvis's traditional markets

 
At April 11, 2007 at 4:08 AM Anonymous said...

could you leverage the phone projector technology and marry it with some existing technology to then have a portable projected keyboard for your cell phone - imagine a Blackberry unit that you could actually type with!

 
At April 11, 2007 at 4:11 AM Anonymous said...

so obviously, how about some blogs on that nether land of the biospheres where mvis's technology bumps up against other technologies and might allow for some very interesting evolutionary technology pairings ... how does a company evolve while maintaining a stable grouping of technology that gives renewable revenues? Does a company require renewable revenues or are one off pot of golds appropriate?

 
At April 11, 2007 at 6:28 AM Christian said...

Double clicking via blinking - Using MVIS MEMS as input device via eye tracking

Hi Ben.

Here is an idea about using the MVIS projection display in the sunglas form factor in both ways, i.e., using it as a display, projecting the image right onto the retina as well as an input device, e.g., for surfing the web. You could track the user's eye movement while scanning the image on the retina, hence using the eye itself like a mouse cursor. E.g., when you look down, the image scrolls down and when you blink twice while looking at a link, the link will be opened (like a double click). This would eliminate (or lessen) the need for an extra input device like a mouse or keys, while greatly improving the hands-free mobile experience of the user.
I would really like to hear your thoughts about this kind of application and if there are big technical hurdles to overcome. E.g., is eye tracking precise enough to identify a link that a user is focusing?

Best regards,
Chris

 
At April 11, 2007 at 8:46 AM Anonymous said...

Hi Ben,

I'd like you to discuss the 3D possibilities of Color Eyewear. Projecting one image for each eye could be easily done (right?) to achieve a true stereoscopic image. Ironically, it'd still be '3D with glasses', but not quite the way it used to be.

 
At April 11, 2007 at 10:13 AM danlevy said...

I would love a regular feature in which you explore how Microvision's technology will affect the experience of using various popular web sites, for instance MySpace, Flickr, YouTube, etc.

 
At April 11, 2007 at 10:23 AM Ben said...

Awesome ideas so far! Keep em coming.

Here are a couple I got through email:

A said:

Ben - I have an idea that IMO everyone will be interested in......READY?

LET'S HAVE A LITTLE SPECULATION FROM THE EDITOR OF THE BLOG

What do you think will be the first big commercially introduced by Microvision into the market? How do you think it will be accepted and how many different applications could there be? Give us a rundown on how you think they will be used and play fantasy with some far out projections in the years to come.

J said:

Thank you for your blog site.

Anyway, has the use of picoP for object 3D laser scanning that produces a 'point cloud' in 3D coordinates (e.g., x,y,z) been evaluated, and if so, do you have any additional information? Tks

I currently use a Leica HDS 3000 laser scanner to collect dimesional information of targeted scans.

 
At April 11, 2007 at 2:53 PM Anonymous said...

Making the 'Virtual reality' dreams of the early 90's a 'Reality' is the most exciting application of this technology. VR stalled due to poor display hardware i.e unwieldy headsets, basically two tv'S strapped to your head. The graphics side of things has raced ahead and the microvision technology will basically blow this field wide open if we can get some stereoscopic fully immersive 'sunglasses' style headsets, imagine every PS3, Xbox 360, WII , and PC gamer utilising these, thats where this technology will make a killing. Watchout lawnmower man microvison is coming!

 
At April 11, 2007 at 3:07 PM Anonymous said...

I would like a discussion of using the technology in color copying - something that eats Xerox's lunch.
Printer/Copier - from laser MEMS

 
At April 11, 2007 at 4:34 PM Len said...

Affordable sleek 3D glasses would be the ticket! Back in the spring of 2005 I read that mvis had the architecture to build glasses that would give you the impression of sitting in the front row of a theatre. The design used multiple leds, can this still be acheived using the laser ipm? EMagin has 3D glasses that I guess work good but they are huge and cost too much. Is addressing this app.near the top of your list of priorities? I ask this because of it competing with see through displays as far as priorities.

 
At April 11, 2007 at 5:29 PM Dinesh said...

The exciting thing about MVIS is the potential upside surprises that it can provide. We know all about the 4 applications that AT and others at MVIS are pursuing. What other applications can benefit from MVIS's game changing display technology? For example, reprogammable instrument cluster display in a car was not talked about until the recent conference call. What other applications are out there that MVIS's display can enable?
Cheers
dvanda

 
At April 11, 2007 at 5:55 PM Kitty said...

Here's a thought: heads up pulse, blood pressure, calories burned, etc. for joggers. They have watches that can do it, but with a heads-up display, you needn't even break stride.

Also, I think I speak for almost everyone when I say we want lightweight, high , true 3d virtual reality glasses. The industry has been teasing us since the 90s and Microvision has the power to deliver.

 
At April 12, 2007 at 1:53 AM Anonymous said...

Ben,

Just how much is there left for the IPM technology to improve? PicoP's resolution is SVGA at the moment, AT has mentioned Color Eyewear being "HD" (so at least 1280 * 720?). Also, in the future, can the MEMS tech show more than 30 million pixels a second? What about contrast and brightness? In a nutshell, what are the limits if there are any?

And yes, full immersion 3D occluded glasses would indeed be the true killer app for MVIS, even more so than AR I believe.

 
At April 12, 2007 at 4:01 AM Anonymous said...

be fun to read some more on the potentials of the augmetned reality side - IPM as applied to BIM in the construction/architecture industry - which might then be also applied to archaeology and cultural heritage preservation

 
At April 12, 2007 at 4:04 AM Anonymous said...

MVIS's technologies, associated market applications, converging technologies, ... mighten the blog have a weekly new and notable tag cloud from the developmnents in the "outside" world

 
At April 12, 2007 at 4:12 AM Anonymous said...

a discussion (maybe with invited guests/interviews)on the business strategems of developing innovative technologies versus (?) leveraging those technologies into profitable market clusters. Some what like the current Google "conumdrum" of create the platform or create the content. IE should MVIS be creating products vs teaming with others in differing markets to apply MVIS's technology (topic: business paradigms of technology in todays and tomorrows retail world)

 
At April 22, 2007 at 12:13 PM Kevin said...

Hi Ben,

I mentioned this one other time, but I'd like to hear some public comments. Could the lasers be used to scan the retina for identity purposes? If so, it could replace credit and debit cards. It would also provide security for users - no one else could steal their Eyewear unit and access their information.

 

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