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Navdy launched a new pico-projector HUD for automobiles - that projects driving and navigation information right in front of the driver. This is an automotible after-market product- which means it can be fitted in existing cars. Navdy's product will launch in 2015 for $500 (but if you pre-order today the price will be $300).
The device uses a pico-projector, but the company will not reveal the technology or the projector module supplier. The did reveal that the device works great in all lighting conditions - from bright direct sunlight to nighttime due to the company technology.
Microvision announced their financial results for Q2 2014. Revenue was $611,00 for the quarter (down from $1.9 million a year ago), operating loss was $3.4 million and net loss was $3.4 million. The backlog is $1.1 million and the company has $12.5 million in cash and equivalents.
The company also gave some business updates. The Sony project design and development phases are nearly complete, and the parties are advancing towards an agreement hoping to sign it by the end of the year. Microvision hopes to introduce the display engine for an innovative smartphone product in the second half of 2015 (this is for a Fortune Global 500 electronics company).
Here's our monthly best-selling pico-projectors list for the beginning of August 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. This month Amazon only lists 8 pico-projectors in their top 100 list...
Back in January, Touchjet announced the TouchPico, a bright (100 lumens) touch-enabled (with a special stylus) projector that is based on an Android (v4.0) OS. Touchjet originally promised to release it by June 2014. Now Touchjet launched a crowdfunding campaign aiming to raise $50,000 to develop the projector and ship it by October 2014. In just 4 days, they managed to raise over $170,000 - and there are still 27 days left for the campaign!
As we said, the TouchPico will cost $499. If you support the project, you can get it for $349.
TechSci released a new report (Global Pico Projector Market Forecast and Opportunities, 2019) in which they forecast that the global pico projector market will grow at a CAGR of 41% between 2014 and 2019.
TechSci sees laser-based HD micro display chips to support this growth. In addition, OLED technology will also play a "significant role" in revolutionizing the pico projector market over the next five years.
Ritot is a new smartwatch that uses a pico-projector to project images on your hand. The team behind Ritot launched an IndieGogo crowdfunding campaign and managed to quickly raise the $50,000 they wanted. In fact, as of today they already raised over $170,000 (and there are 38 days left on this campaign).
This is a great concept, but I have doubts whether it is actually practical. Will they indeed fit a pico-projector in such a tiny bracelet? Will the battery enough power to actually be usable? On one hand the projection distance is very small, and so it can be bright even with a low power. I guess it will have to be laser to stay in focus all the time, which also complicates as laser based projectors are still expensive...
The ODIN pico-projector project on KickStarter reached its $250,000 goal, supported by 550 backers (and there's still a few hours to go). ODIN is an android-based DLP (WVGA, 115 lumens) pico projector that can stream movies (Netflix & Hulu), access dropbox and skydrive and surf the web.
The guys behind ODIN hope to ship the first products in December 2014. The price is quite high: $495 for early backers, but the final price will be $845!