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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%.
Researchers from Ulm University unveiled two new pico-projector based research projects. The first project (titled World as a Display) offers pervasive information through constant personal projection. This is a wearable projector system that always shows an information display in front of the user - on the floor. They call the display an Ambient Mobile Pervasive Display (AMP-D).
The AMP-D also projects an image on the user's hand and forms a continuous interaction space that is controlled by hand gestures.
Sony announced today that it developed a pico projector module based on laser beam scanning (LBS). Sony is using Microvision's PicoP technology coupled with Sony's own image processing system. The new module has a resolution of 1920 x 720 and is 52x63x7.2 mm in size. We do not know the brightness though.
Sony further says that they developed an optical technology that enabled them to reduce speckle noise. Sony's module also includes a distortion correction circuit.
PMA Research and Insight Media released a new report called the 2014 Mobile Solid State Projector Report. In this report they show historic project sales and revenue data since 2009 - and forecast the market through 2017.
Regarding the "personal projector" segment (which PMA defines as projectors under 1,000 lumens which utilize primarily SSI, weigh under 1.75 kg and are powered by wall or laptop power supply brick), PMA and Insight media says that this segment shows the biggest potential. In 2009, annual shipments were a little over 130,000 units. This grew to almost 400,000 units in 2013, and the companies expect this number to grow to over 930,000 units by 2017.
Here's our monthly best-selling pico-projectors list for the beginning of February 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.