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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!
Texas Instruments' strategic marketing manager for pico products, Carlos Lopez, posted an interesting article in Electronics Weekly detailing the design of a DLP-based pico projector.
Carlos explains how DLP works, and then discusses the possible light sources, optical engines and some special considerations that you'll need to take into account if you want to design a pico projector based on TI's DLP chips.
Here's our monthly best-selling pico-projectors list for the beginning of July 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...
Rock Technology has 160 DLP pico projectors modules for sale. These were acquired for a pico projector project, but were never used. These are all DLP 0.3 WVGA Series 220 chips (DLP3000FQB) assembled into module. The modules were made by Young Optics, and the part numbers are: LB17, A1019, and 0102.
Rock tells us that the usual asking price for these (for example at digikey) is $145.66 (or a $114.24 for a 1,000 units). Rock asks for only $19.95 each. Quite a good deal if you need a small amount of those chips.
Microvision entered into an agreement with Meyers Associates to raise $4.5 million in a at-the-market equity offering. From time to time, Microvision may sell shares of its common stock to Meyers at the market price.
Microvision recently signed an agreement with a "major global consumer electronics brand" to develop a display engine to be used in an innovative smartphone product. The two companies target a possible product introduction in H2 2015. This new design win is Microvision's second win with a major brand - the other being Sony.