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Here's our monthly best-selling pico-projectors list for the beginning of April 2014. We're using data from Amazon.com, which seems to be selling the most wide range of pico projectors. This list does not include embedded modules in mobile phones or cameras.
Microvision announced that it will supply laser PicoP display modules to UPS. Microvision's technology is part of a new package guidance application that UPS is deploying with an aim to increase processing efficiency in real-time package sorting.
Microvision's projection module will be paired with UPS scanning systems to improve package sorting processes. MicroVision has designed a custom display module for UPS that projects information directly onto packages. A laser projection was chosen because there's a need for infinite focus and variable field of view because the size of packages vary greatly.
In 2012, Samsung released their 2nd gen projector phone, the Galaxy Beam. The Beam was an Android (v2.3) projector phone with a DLP projector that offered 15 lumens and 360x640 (nHD) resolution.
Now it seems that Samsung is working on their 3rd-gen projector phone. According to China's government database, the model number will be SM-G3858, and according to the images it looks like it has a projector indeed. While we don't have any information on the projector, according to the database the phone will have a 4.66" WVGA display, Android 4.2.2, a quad-core 1.2Ghz CPU and 1GH of RAM.
Ten days ago, Microvision announced their financial results for Q4 2013, and it was clear that the company needs to raise money soon as they have $5.4 million in cash and equivalents and they lost around $2.4 million in the quarter.
Today Microvision announced that indeed it plans to raise money - in fact they want to raise $13.9 million by offering new stocks and warrants. The offering is expected to close on March 18.
Microvision announced their financial results for Q4 2013. Microvision says that the results are positive as they achieved significant progress on all three of its key operating goals in 2013 - the company secured design wins and enlisted new customers to license their technology, they strengthened the supply chain for key components and they aggressively managed their cash.
But Microvision financial status is still not very good to say the least. The company reported only $1.2 million in revenue in Q4 2013 (compared to $2.7 million in Q4 2012) - and $5.9 million in revenues for 2013 (compared to $8.4 million in 2012). Net loss was $2.4 million in the quarter and $13.2 for the whole of 2013. The company used $12.7 million in 2013. This is a 39% decrease from a year ago, but still it means that Microvision will need to raise more money soon, and profitability is still not in sight. The company had a backlog of $2.1 million and $5.4 in cash and equivalents.
Here's our monthly best-selling pico-projectors list for the beginning of March 2014. We're using data from Amazon.com, which seems to be selling the most wide range of pico projectors. This list does not include embedded modules in mobile phones or cameras.
Texas Instruments unveiled a new Tilt & Roll Pixel (TRP) DLP pico chipset. According to TI, this is the smallest (at 0.3", which is strange because the previous model was 0.2") and most efficient DLP chip ever. It support HD resolutions (probably 720p) and can be used in pico projectors and wearable displays, augmented reality displays and other applications.
The new chipset uses TI's TRP DLP architecture and also the company's adaptive IntelliBright suite of algorithms that deliver high brightness and low power consumption. TI says that they managed to double the number of pixels in the same size while improving the optical efficiency by 30% and the power saving by up to 50%.