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Microvision Announces $750,000 Contract for High-Definition Eyewear Display Solution Development

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Microvision, Inc. (NASDAQ: MVIS - News), a global leader in innovative ultra-miniature projection display and imaging products today announced that it has been awarded a $750,000 contract to perform initial engineering tasks that support development of a High-Definition (HD), full-color, see-through eyewear display. The name of the customer was not released for confidentiality reasons.

The development effort includes demonstration of a unique design approach of a HD system based upon Microvision’s PicoP display engine technology. The work under the contract is consistent with Microvision’s continued development of a lightweight see-through optical system and could lead to a variety of eyewear display applications.

Microvision’s eyewear display platform is being designed to combine its miniature PicoP display engine technology with clear eyewear optics that channel light and direct it to the viewer’s eye creating a bright, full color, see-through image while maintaining a transparent view of the surroundings. In addition to the see-through capability, this platform is expected to be differentiated from competitive offerings by its attractive ergonomics and ease-of-use.

“Customers are seeking new ways to deliver real-time, mission critical information,” stated Ian Brown, Microvision VP of Marketing and Sales. “We believe Microvision’s PicoP-enabled eyewear technology could provide competitive advantages for these customers due to its inherent qualities of high-brightness, compact form-factor, full-color and see-through clarity.”

About Microvision
Microvision provides the PicoP display technology platform designed to enable next-generation display and imaging products for Pico projectors, vehicle displays, and wearable displays that interface with mobile devices. The company also manufactures and sells its bar code scanner product line which features the company's proprietary MEMS technology.

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4 comments:

At December 12, 2008 at 3:51 AM Molly said...

Very nice sir!

Best of health to you and yours this holiday.

-M

 
At December 14, 2008 at 9:31 AM Jonathan said...

I'm guessing this kind of technology is about 10 years away.

 
At December 15, 2008 at 9:01 PM Kevin said...

Jonathan, if you think of how the technology (MEMS laser scanning, etc.) has advanced in the LAST 10 years, do you really think it'll take another 10 years to get it out to market? I've been predicting (since 2001) industry-wide introduction in 2011, with a billion Color Eyewear type "EyePhones" worldwide by 2015. Probably a bit optimistic, but what do you think, Ben?

 
At December 15, 2008 at 9:22 PM Ben said...

Kevin --

Sounds about right to me. Our strategy is to launch eyewear in the military segment first to support high-value safety and situational awareness applications. With the right partnerships, content and infrastructure in place we will then attack consumer markets and hopefully approach the numbers you describe.

Thanks,
Ben

 

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