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Best selling pico-projector update (December 2016)

Here's our monthly best-selling pico-projectors list for the beginning of December 2016. 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.

  1. Amaz-Play Black-Silver Mobile Pico Projector ($279)
  2. UO Smart Beam Laser ($341)
  3. Aodin Mini Smart Android Projector ($199.9)
  4. Aaxa P1 ($113)
  5. RIF6 CUBE DLP Pico ($280)
  6. Magnasonic LED Pocket Pico Video Projector ($169)
  7. iCODIS G1 ($276)
  8. Portable Mini DLP LED Projector ($215)
  9. SK UO Smart Beam Portable Mini Projector ($137)
  10. Celluon PicoPro ($379)

ITRI developed a new autmotive HUD display based on a laser pico projector module

Taiwan's ITRI research institute developed a new heads-up display fo rautomotive applications, based on a laser pico projector module. The so called Long-Distance Floating Multi-Screen HUD integrates the LBS pico projector with a beamsplitter to create three individual images that are reflected on a microlens array diffuser in the driver's line of sight.

ITRI LDF-MS HUD structure image

The projector provides a resolution of 2000x360, which translates into three 720p images. The final display appears to be a 26-inch wide display at a distance of about 2 meters in front of the driver. ITRI estimates that such a display could cost around $660 in the future.

Microvision signed a license agreement for its LBS technology with a Taiwanese ODM

Microvision new logoMicrovision announced that it has signed a license agreement for its LBS technology with a Taiwanese ODM. Under the agreement, MicroVision would receive a royalty payment from for each LBS engine the ODM sells.

This agreement is related to MicroVision’s recently announced co-marketing relationship with STMicroelectronics.

Microvision and STMicroelectronics to co-develop and market LBS pico projector technologies

Microvision and STMicroelectronics (STM) have announced that they plan co-develop, sell and market laser beam scanning (LBS) technologies. The companies already target the pico projectors and HUD markets, but this new collaboration will also target new emerging applications including VR and AR, 3D sensing and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).

ST 720p laser pico projector prototype photo

STM pico projector prototype (2013)

Microvision also reveals that the two companies have an existing working relationship on production of MicroVision components. STM manufactures MicroVision’s current-generation MEMS die based on MicroVision’s design and also manufactures one of the ASICs sold by MicroVision.

Microvision announces Q3 2016 results and three new LBS engines

Microvision new logoMicrovision announced its financial results for Q3 2016. Revenues was $4 million (up from $2.4 million in Q3 2015), while net loss was $4.1 million - up from $3.5 million in Q3 2015. Cash used in operations was $3.8 million, and backlog as of September 30 was $2.3 million (out of which $1.4 million are expected to be fullfilled in Q4 2016). Microvision had $5.8 million in cash and equivalents at the end of the quarter.

Mcrovision says it made significant progress to advances its technology for light detection and ranging (LiDAR) 3D sensing and AR applications. The company signed two development agreements with "world-leading" technology companies. The combined value of these contracts is almost $1 million and both will be completed by the end of 2017. Microvision will deliver proof-of-concept demonstrators - one for 3D sensing for driver assistance and autonomous vehicles, and the second for AR display.

Best selling pico-projector update (November 2016)

Here's our monthly best-selling pico-projectors list for the beginning of November 2016. 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.

  1. RIF6 CUBE DLP Pico ($290)
  2. Aaxa P1 ($113)
  3. Amaz-Play Black-Silver Mobile Pico Projector ($279)
  4. UO Smart Beam Laser ($345)
  5. Magnasonic LED Pocket Pico Video Projector ($169)
  6. SK UO Smart Beam Portable Mini Projector ($137)
  7. Brookstone Pocket Projector Micro ($139)
  8. Celluon PicoPro ($399)
  9. Aaxa P300 ($369)
  10. Aaxa P4X ($278)

Sony's updated laser pico projector, the MP-CL1A is now shipping

Sony's MP-CL1A (an update to Sony's MP-CL1) is now shipping - for $399.99 in the US. The MP-CL1A is a laser (LBS) HD (1920x720) pico projector that offers focus-free and short-throw projection. The MP-CL1 supports bluetooth, Wi-Fi and HDMI/MHL connectivity and has a built-in 3,400 mAh battery good for 2 hours.

Sony MP-CL1A photo

You can buy the MP-CL1A on Amazon.com, for $399.99.

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