Technical / Research News

TriLite announces a new pico projection LBS engine

In January 2015, Austrian-based TriLite Technologies announced their first laser module, the LBS TriLite RGB Laser Module. The 35-lumens module is 8.5 x 11.5 x 6.2 mm in size and it weighs 1.4 grams (with an integrated ASIC).

TriLite RGB Laser Module photo

TriLite now annoucned a new agreement with a US-based partner that will help bring their technology to mass production, and in addition TriLite launched a new pico projection engine for the AR, VR and HUD markets. TrilLite did not reveal the name of its new partner, but said taht it is an eestablished player in the digital signage market.

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 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.

Light Instruments - projection mapping for pico projectors

German-based Light Instruments developed a new software technology that enables projection mapping - using an intuitive interface and a projector you can place pictures and videos on objects - independently from an angle on every kind of shape, pattern and surface.

Light Instruments Projection Mapping photo

Light Instruments' EDGE system can be used for signage, events and concerts - but it also supports small-sized projections using pico projectors, as can be seen above.

The Fraunhofer Institute developed and commercialized a lens-array based pico projector technology

Researchers from the Fraunhofer IOF institute developed an projection array that uses an LED pico projector that overlays many channels on one another, using a lens array on top of the LED projector. This enables simple images to be shown on any curved or slated surface.

This achievement was sponsored by BMW, that use it in the 2015 Series 7 BMW cars to create a light "carpet" four meters in length along the side of the car. The projector is embedded below the door, which is an advantage over other solutions that has to embed it in the door itself.

TI now ships a DLP evaluation board for the new 0.47" TRP Full-HD chipset

In December 2014, TI announced it began sampling its latest pico DLP chip, the 0.47-inch TRP Full-HD 1080 display chipset. TI now announced that it is now shipping the DLP LightCrafter Display 4710 evaluation module (EVM) for the new chipset.

TI DLP4710 Full-HD chipset photo

TI also introduced a new TI Designs reference design for full-HD projection display, which will help developers accelerate their design.

TriLite Technologies announces a 35-lumens laser (LBS) pico projector module

Austrian-based TriLite Technologies announced their first laser module, the LBS TriLite RGB Laser Module. The 35-lumens module is 8.5 x 11.5 x 6.2 mm in size and it weighs 1.4 grams (with an integrated ASIC).

TriLite RGB Laser Module photo

It was developed with several partners (in Japan, Switzerland, Scotland and Poland) - and with the Technical University of Vienna. The company says they developed a new novel approach that enabled them to reduce the module size compared to competing solutions. This module includes just the lasers, it does not include the mirror and is not a complete pico projector module.

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